New  PACER Program to Develop High Functioning Interprofessional Faculty Teams

Dear Education & Training Task Force,

As members of PCPCC's Education and Training Task Force, we wanted to alert you to this new program.  The American Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics, along with the ACGME and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation are working together by combining expertise and resources to create an exciting new national professional development program. To meet the challenge of producing a better trained primary care workforce, they have created PACER (Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign), a 3 year program that will build high functioning inter-professional faculty teams equipped to transform their clinical practices and educational programs to prepare their trainees to work together in high performing patient centered medical homes.

They are seeking interprofessional teams of faculty from three primary care disciplines in medicine as well as nursing, pharmacy, behavioral health or other health professions who:
  • Embrace innovation and change 
  • Have started the redesign process in their residency continuity practices and training programs
  • Have a willingness to work together 
What makes this program different from other faculty development initiatives is the creation of learning communities of primary care professionals within institutions and the emphasis on application of learning in a competent local clinical environment. Participating faculty will train together in a 1.5 day meeting in the Spring of 2016.  This initial training is intended to cover foundational concepts to help all teams with their practice and interprofessional educational transformation work. Following the initial meeting, a team of expert faculty will visit each institutional team to provide additional needs-based content and coaching and engage the team to further empower them in meeting the challenges of leading and managing educational and practice transformation.  A second 1.5 day face-to-face training is planned for approximately one year after the initial training and will focus on skill reinforcement, sustainability and dissemination. Faculty will receive ongoing coaching to assist them with their innovations throughout the program.

PACER will use a two-step application process: 
  • Step 1 – A Letter of Intent that you intend to submit a full application (Letter due Sep 4, 2015)
  • Step 2 – A Full Application, a joint application from all health professions programs represented on the team (full application due Oct 30, 2015).
This is a unique opportunity for faculty from multiple health professions to participate in a national program that is well positioned to catalyze transformation in primary care and foster inter-professional collaborative practice among health professionals. The PACER Application and additional information about the program can be found at

Warm Regards,
The PCPCC Team
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