Vineet Arora,MD, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)has been named a 2018 Macy Faculty Scholar by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. Dr. Arora’s project focuses on expanding IGNITE (Improving GME Nursing Interprofessional Team Experiences) to enable health care providers to practice in well-functioning teams providing safe, high quality, and high value care. Specifically, she will focus on matrixed learning experiences between nurses and residents, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration to reduce patient mortality, medication errors, length of stay, and provider career satisfaction. Her work dovetails national initiatives in interprofessional teamwork set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the National Collaborative to Improve the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. Additionally, it enhances UCM’s participation in the ACGME Pursuing Excellence initiative to transform clinical learning environments.

The Macy Faculty Scholars Program identifies and supports the careers of rising educational innovators in medicine and nursing in the hopes of cultivating the healthcare educators of the future. With grant money from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the education of health professionals, the five 2018 scholars will work on new educational initiatives in their home institution and bring their findings to other educators through national meetings, contributing to a nationwide conversation about new tactics in health professions education.