Pamela JeffriesProfessor Pamela R. Jeffries, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been named a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. 

Jeffries' term runs March 1, 2012-February 28, 2013.

Taking inspiration from the 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing, and the 2010 Lancet Commission report on interdependent health professional education for the 21st century, the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education aims to apply an ongoing, multi-national, multi-disciplinary approach to exploring promising innovations in health education. The Forum brings together stakeholders from a variety of disciplines and sectors to engage in dialogue and discussion to illuminate contemporary issues in health professional education. Ongoing, innovative mechanisms to cultivate new ideas through global, multi-disciplinary collaboratives are the central focus of the forum, specifically those that represent formal partnerships between university-based health institutions that are undertaking recommendations put forward in either the 2010 Lancet Commission report or the Future of Nursing report.  The four innovation collaboratives are located in Canada, India, South Africa, and Uganda.

“Healthcare is constantly changing, and in order to ensure the best possible care is given to patients, then health education must reflect this ever-changing environment,” Jeffries notes. “I look forward to collaborating with my fellow researchers to identify best practices in healthcare delivery, starting with education.”

The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.  Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM.

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