Two faculty members at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have been tapped to lead the university’s interprofessional education programs, which are designed to advance collaboration among health care teams, enhance health care outcomes, and improve population health.
Lee Revere, Ph.D., and Jennifer Swails, M.D., have been appointed directors of Interprofessional Education, Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D., UTHealth executive vice president and chief academic officer, announced today.
Swails, assistant professor of internal medicine and program director of the internal medicine residency program at McGovern Medical School, will lead efforts to enhance roles, responsibilities, communication and core values needed as essential components in the development of interdisciplinary clinical teams.
Revere, director of the George McMillan Fleming Center for Healthcare Management at UTHealth School of Public Health and associate professor in the school’s Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, will lead the university’s interprofessional education efforts in several areas that impact core competencies across the health professions, including health care systems, policy and population health outcomes.
There are currently more than 5,000 students at UTHealth’s six schools preparing to join the health care workforce as physicians, nurses, biomedical informatics specialists, public health professionals, dentists, dental hygienists, genetic counselors and scientists. Interprofessional education is designed to bring students from the different health disciplines together to learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and ultimately improve health outcomes in the community.
With a goal of preparing a “collaborative practice-ready” health workforce, Revere and Swails will provide oversight of the university’s development and implementation of initiatives, curriculum, programs and principles emphasizing interprofessional education.
“Interprofessional education experiences provide enrichment to students at all of our six schools,” Blackburn said. “Dr. Revere and Dr. Swails have established important programs that will help to expand this culture at UTHealth and I look forward to working with them in this regard.”
Revere and Swails succeed Juliana Brixey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., who has served as interim director of the Center for Interprofessional Collaboration at UTHealth for the last three years. Brixey will continue her commitment to interprofessional education as an associate professor of biomedical informatics and nursing.