Interprofessional Teams Learn PCMH Principles, Improve Diabetes Care at LSU

Medical, nursing, pharmacy, and social work students were brought together in an innovative interprofessional training program at Louisiana State University School of Medicine to deliver diabetes care in a patient-centered medical home model. The research project benefited both patients and students. “Students rarely get longitudinal experiences, which limits their ability to develop skills, to learn about one another, and to develop relationships with patients,” says primary author Mary T. Coleman. Guided by PCMH principles including physician-directed teams, enhanced provider access outside of office visits, and coordinated, integrated care, students provided care to a high-risk population of uncontrolled diabetic patients receiving primary care at the internal medicine residency training site. This innovative initiative earned LSU honors in the AAMC’s Clinical Care Innovation Challenge. Coleman sat down with Wing of Zock editor Jennifer Salopek to explain more. A full abstract of the project can be found here.