Interprofessional Education in Action: The VA Quality Scholars Fellowship Program
School of Nursing, Department of Community Health, Outcomes, and Systems, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1701 University Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA;Veterans Affairs (VA) National Quality Scholars Program, Birmingham VA Medical Center, 700 19th Street South Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA.
Although there are many examples of interprofessional education activities that focus on quality and safety, few include longitudinal experiences of teams working together over time. One exception is the Veterans Affairs Quality Scholars (VAQS) fellowship program. This article describes the integration of interprofessional education into the VAQS fellowship program, offers 2 examples of interprofessional projects conducted by the fellows,and discusses the VAQS program as a model for others to consider in developing interprofessional training programs in safety and qualityimprovement.
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