Young to Direct Interprofessional Education
Dr. Veronica Young has been named as the inaugural director of interprofessional education (IPE) and community engagement for the College of Pharmacy. She assumes her appointment immediately.
"Veronica is highly qualified to hold this position," said Dean M. Lynn Crismon, in announcing the new position. "She already has a proven track record for creativity and leadership in implementing IPE-based community engagement programs as a faculty member in the college's Division of Pharmacotherapy."
Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes, according to the World Health Organization. The goal is to prepare a collaborative practice-ready health workforce aimed at improving the quality and safety of care delivered. Therefore, the most effective IPE experiences are those in which students of different professions work together providing team based patient-centered care. Young currently serves as clinical associate professor within the college's Pharmacotherapy Division in San Antonio. She will remain in San Antonio for the remainder of the semester with plans to move to Austin in Summer 2014.
In her new role, she will lead the college's efforts to build an array of interprofessional education curricular elements in core and elective content as well as didactic, laboratory and experiential courses. In addition, she will facilitate development and support engagement in inter-professional co-curricular and extra-curricular elements.
"Developing interprofessional education and collaborative practice learning experiences that meet core IPE competencies and are meaningful to students are key components to transforming the culture of healthcare," said Young. "Our goal is to empower students to work effectively together to deliver quality patient-centered and community-oriented care."
Her responsibilities will include engaging and building partnerships with schools/colleges, departments and programs across campus that educate students or residents who interact with patients. Young will participate in the college's strategic planning process to generate immediate, short-term and long-term goals and objectives for inter-professional education and community engagement. She also will conduct research and scholarship in these areas.
Having presented her work at numerous national and international meetings, she is well recognized for her innovation in this area. She currently is a faculty fellow in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Academic Leadership Fellows Program and is a UT System patient safety fellow.
In recent years, the college has developed a number of innovative interprofessional education and community engagement activities.
"With the development of the Dell Medical School, it is critical that the college develop the infrastructure needed to collaborate with medicine, nursing, social work, and other academic units in order to make The University of Texas at Austin a leader in these areas," Dean Crismon, continued. "I am confident that Dr. Young will provide the necessary leadership, creativity, and innovation to lead the college in these areas.
In addition to her academic administration appointment, Young's appointment as clinical associate professor will transfer to the Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division on the Austin campus.