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About the Institute for Innovative Education

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has created the Institute for Innovative Education (IIE) to identify and facilitate common medical center educational priorities and to support and promote interprofessional education initiatives. “The goal of this Institute is to assure that we can best address changes in technology and information handling, approaches to health care delivery and medical economics, and changes in metrics surrounding quality, safety, and patient satisfaction in a system-wide fashion,” said Mark B. Taubman, Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The Institute builds on our unique structure as an integrated academic medical center under one roof as well as the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s tradition of educational innovation that includes the Biopsychosocial Model and the Double Helix curriculum and the School of Nursing’s Unification Model. “At the heart of this Institute will be the development of inter-professional curricula, a state-of-the-art simulation center, and the adaption of new technologies,” Taubman said. “This will allow all of us to play important parts in adapting to the needs of a changing medical landscape.”

The board’s first task is the development of the URMC educational strategic plan. The strategic plan will emphasize inter-professional team training, expansion of the use of simulation technology, delivery of patient-centered care, promotion of patient safety and quality of care, development of a diverse workforce and support for personal growth. The goal is to complete the strategic plan by the end of this academic year. After the adoption of a strategic plan, the IIE will drive specific educational initiatives developed in the strategic plan for the medical center as well as community physicians (through the continuing medical education programs) and nurses, along with patient and community health education. The board also serves as a mechanism to seek grant funding for interprofessional education, education initiatives, and conduct institutional research around education. The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) provides the infrastructure for the IIE for curriculum development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of educational programs. The CEL serves as the IIE’s operational structure, providing the resources and tools to implement curriculum changes.