Strategies for Developing Sustainable Academic-clinical Partnerships

Monday, September 27, 2021, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Accreditation Information
The recording of this session has been accredited for Interprofessional Continuing Education credit (IPCE) as enduring material. After watching this recording, you may claim IPCE credit by clicking this link. Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit is available to claim through December 31, 2021. Please see details below.

Developing sustainable partnerships between academic and clinical settings is a central goal for achieving the aims of the Nexus. More commonly, academic, and clinical participants work on short-term achievable goals and hope for the best for maintaining and sustaining the momentum required for partnership. This seminar provides practical tools and strategies for creating foundations for sustainable partnerships.


The objectives of this seminar are for participants to:

  1. Experiment with tools to develop shared mental models across settings.
  2. Outline the key steps in the path to sustainable partnerships.
  3. Identify potential obstacles to sustainability and strategies to address them.

The activities in this seminar are based on lessons from a current grant involving a large academic institution and major not-for-profit health system. A major aim of the grant is to develop a sustainable infrastructure and relationships to support the growth of interprofessional education, practice, and research. Participants in the seminar will experience several of the strategies being used by the cross-organizational grant team to build vision and consensus on optimal outcomes and how to achieve them.


The outline for the seminar is:

  • Introduction to the seminar (10 minutes)
  • Review of Goals
  • Highlights of grant contributing to seminar activities
  • Survey of Audience Experience
  • Polling activity, e.g. how many are engaged in developing academic-clinical partnerships
  • Creating a common vision (15 minutes)
  • Shared mental model activity in small groups
  • Reflective exercise on experience of developing a common model
  • The Path to Sustainable Partnership
  • Journey mapping exercise
  • Expected bumps
  • Minimizing and going around the bumps

Participants will engage in the process of shared mental modeling from team science. They will engage in small group reflective exercises about their experience of negotiating vision and goals. Following this exercise, they will use tools from design thinking, such as journey maps, to anticipate the stages and steps to creating sustainable partnerships. They will identify what they consider core elements of partnerships, the sequence in which they expect them to evolve, and potential indicators for success. As part of this mapping process, they will work with other participants to identify obstacles on the path to sustainable partnerships and propose how they will minimize or circumvent them.

As a result of participating in this 60-minute seminar, participants will engage with a set of tools and activities they can use to launch or augment their own partnership initiatives.

Accreditation Details

In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change