New Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education eBook

New Veterans Affairs eBook takes a look at the Veterans’ health care system and professional teamwork training through several case studies in primary care management for armed forces personnel.

Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education: Compendium of Five Case Studies: Lessons for Interprofessional Teamwork in Education and Workplace Learning Environments 2011-2016 is a new free downloadable PDF eBook produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Office of Academic Affiliations.

This comprehensive resource places greater emphasis on continuing professional development and workplace-based learning to close the gap between the classroom and clinical practice for health professions trainees, interns and residents.  The Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE) focus on improving health care through improvement in interprofessional collaboration and teamwork within clinical settings and models.

The first five CoEPCE ‘legacy sites’ (out of seven total CoE sites) developed the preliminary models at VA medical centers. These include the Boise PACT “ICU Model”, the Cleveland Dyad Model, the Seattle Panel Management Model, the San Francisco Huddle Model, and The West Haven Polypharmacy Model. Each site shares one case study example of educational curriculum and strategies that as an example of a strong practice that emerged between 2011-2016.  The case studies are intended to demonstrate instructional strategies that emphasize workplace learning to support transition to practice into interprofessional teams as health profession trainees prepare to practice Veteran-patient centered primary care.

The four core learning environment domains covered in this patient-focused medical improvement text are:

  • Shared Decision-Making (SDM)
  • Sustained Relationships (SR)
  • Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC)
  • Performance Improvement (PI)

Within each of these environmental parameters, you will learn about the practice-based learning model implemented with nurse practitioner students and residents, physician residents, pharmacy residents, psychology interns and psychology postdoctoral fellows, first-year medical students, licensed Vocational Nurses, Social Workers, Medical Support Assistants, Registered Nurse Care Managers, and other health care trainees and professionals, including faculty.  This volume also highlights some of the practice challenges in health care settings, especially in the health care of the Veterans’ community, such as monitoring, assessment, and treatment of high-risk, high needs patients, chronic disease management, scheduling and case management, practice partnerships, shared patient panels, and more.

This document provides a solid foundational study of the VA’s Centers of Excellence improvements in the U.S. Veteran primary care health system and patient care advancements.

This free downloadable PDF is available here from the US Government Online Bookstore.  It can also be found available for Free from  EBSCOhost, and ProQuest.

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About the author: This week’s blog contributor is Maureen Whelan, Senior Marketing Team Leader for GPO’s Publication and Information Sales program office in Washington, DC. Maureen oversees print and digital content dissemination strategy and manages third party free and paid content distribution through platforms and vendors, such as Apple iBookstore, Barnes and, Google Play eBookstore, Ebscohost databases, Overdrive, and more.

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