Primary Care Interprofessional Leadership Institute

May 30-31, 2015
AMSA National Office
Sterling, VA

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2015


What are the many paths into primary care? What does primary care encompass? What do high-functioning patient-centered, interprofessional primary care practices look like, and what are the best practices that characterize them as “high-functioning,” “patient-centered,” and “interprofessional”? How are the roles of the different members of the primary care team determined and defined? How, really, does interprofessional learning work, beyond the theory and into actual practice?

We are seeking students from health professions programs (nursing, physician assistant, public health, psychology, pharmacy, dental and medical) who want to participate in an interprofessional learning environment at the AMSA Primary Care Interprofessional Leadership Institute (PCILI), where you will discuss, reflect, and apply insights in answer to these questions and more. Throughout the two day event, students will engage with experts in both the theory and practice of interprofessional primary care.


Institute Objectives
  • Define and discuss primary care
  • Define and discuss primary care provider roles
  • Discuss the importance of advocacy for primary care

Designed through collaboration with experts in medical, nursing, public health, and physician assistant education, the PCILI curriculum includes interactive sessions, speakers representing a broad spectrum of health professions, and an integrative team-based experience that will challenge participants to consider how you can lead further advances and improvements in primary care.

Through your participation in the PCILI, you will achieve a stronger understanding of primary care and innovations in interprofessional primary care education and practice. You’ll leave PCILI with a clearer understanding of the ways that primary care providers interact with their communities to deliver the most comprehensive, patient-centered care possible. Inspired by the experience, each participant in the Institute will be equipped with both the knowledge and the skills to implement a project at your home institution to promote patient-centered, interprofessional primary care in your community.



The registration fee of $99 includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The registration fee does not include travel or housing. Membership in AMSA is required to participate in the Institute. For non-members the $174 registration fee includes an AMSA membership in the appropriate membership category.

All activities will take place at the AMSA Office at 45610 Woodland Road Suite 300, Sterling, Virginia 20166.



Programming will take place all day Saturday (9am to 6 pm) and half of Sunday (9 am to noon).

Saturday, May 30 2015
9:00am – 10:15am Everybody Needs Primary Care
Let’s kick off the weekend with a bold statement: this is Primary Care’s moment! Primary Care has never been more important and more critically necessary as the central approach to solving our healthcare problems and meeting the health needs of individuals and our communities. Spend this session and the next in conversation with a panel of interprofessional primary care providers, and learn about the significant challenges and even bigger opportunities in today’s and tomorrow’s practice of primary care.
10:15am – 10:30am Morning Break
Grab a coffee, chat with one of the speakers, make a new friend
10:30am – 12:00pm There is no “I” in “Team”: Getting to know the Members of Interprofessional, Patient-Centered Primary Care Teams
Continue the conversation with our expert panel of primary care professionals and learn how nurses, pharmacists, mental health specialists, physician assistants, physicians, and patients partner together to achieve coordinated care and optimal health outcomes for individuals and communities. We’ll discuss “scope-of-practice” and discover how roles and responsibilities can be distinguished through mutual respect and appreciation for the unique skills that each member brings to the team.
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch!
12:30pm – 1:45pm One Size Does NOT Fit All: Innovative Primary Care Models for Different Communities
In order for Primary Care to be effective, it must be designed to meet the particular needs of the community it is intended to serve. Get to know three different models for delivering primary care: Turntable Health, Ideal Medical Care, and Epiphany Health. You’ll be amazed and inspired by the creative, simple, and smart ways to make your primary care passion be the foundation for the success of your primary care practice.
1:45pm – 2:00pm Afternoon Break
Grab a coffee, chat with one of the speakers, make a new friend
2:00pm – 3:45pm Let’s Innovate! The Interprofessional Primary Care Innovation Team Challenge
This is your opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams, harnassing your collective brain power, to propose and design a primary care innovation that meets a need of a community described in a case study. Get creative, work together, and have fun!
3:45pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Break
Grab a coffee, chat with one of the speakers, make a new frien
4:00pm – 5:00pm Innovation Team Challenge Presentations
Wow your colleagues and judges with dynamic, brief presentations of your primary care innovation. Enjoy the “aha!” moments and celebrate the creative power of collaborative problem solving.
5:00pm – 5:30pm Innovative Team Challenge Judging and Feedback
Our primary care professionals will provide their expert feedback on each team’s ideas and will name the winning idea.
5:30pm – 6:00pm PCILI Day 1 Debrief and Wrap-up
It’s been a long and exciting day. Let’s share our thoughts and reflections before heading out for food and fun.
6:00pm – 8:00pm Food and Fellowship
Dinner together at a local restaurant


Sunday, May 30 2015
8:30am – 9:00am Morning Icebreaker and Open Discussion
Let’s kick off Day 2 of the Institute with a fun activity to get our bodies going and our minds prepped for active engagement on the day’s topics: primary care education and policy advocacy!
9:00am – 10:00am You’ve got to learn together before you can practice together
You’ve seen how Primary Care requires coordinated care delivery among many different healthcare professionals, working closely together and with patients. But what about students – such as yourself – how do you learn and aquire the skills necessary for effective, coordinated care? What opportunities for interprofessional education can you take advantage of? What innovations in Interprofessional Education (IPE) are being developed to enrich your formal training? Get ready, because health education is undergoing radical transformation right now!
10:00am – 10:15am Morning Break
Grab a coffee, chat with one of the speakers, make a new friend
10:15am – 11:15am Let’s Debate: Getting Involved in Primary Care Policy Discussions
Public or private? Government funding or small-business entrepreneurship? We all agree that achieving universal and affordable access to primary care is an important goal. Let’s talk about the different differences of how we might get there.
11:15am – 11:30am Morning Break
Grab a coffee, chat with one of the speakers, make a new friend
11:30am – 12:00pm Let’s Do Something! Getting involved in National Primary Care Week 2015
Every year, AMSA and other organizations celebrates National Primary Care Week in October. This is a great opportunity for you to lead a project focused on Primary Care education, awareness, and policy advocacy. We’ll discuss what you can do to be a part of this national celebration of Primary Care.
12:00pm – 12:15pm PCILI Wrap-up and Send-off
What an incredible weekend! Let’s take a few minutes to share our reflections, discuss what challenged our thinking, and declare our vision for the future of Primary Care.
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Departure

If you are interested in staying in a hotel near the AMSA office, here is a suggestion.

  1. Courtyard Dulles Town Center – Marriot

45500 Majestic Drive, Sterling VA 20166

The hotel is approximately 1.5 miles from the AMSA Office.


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