Debra Bakerjian

Enhancing team-based care improving primary care education and practice

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the UC Davis School of Medicine partner on a $2.49 million Primary Care Training Enhancement Award from Health Resources and Services Administration. During the five-year initiative known as SPLICE — System-transforming, Patient-centered Longitudinal Interprofessional Community-based Education, UC Davis faculty will develop, test and disseminate a practice model that improves the patient experience and reduces costs.

“Like a rope being woven together, this initiative will transform and strengthen primary care practice by splicing the assets of distinct professional education programs into a highly scalable, replicable practice model,” explains Debra Bakerjian, associate adjunct professor at the School of Nursing and principal investigator.

“SPLICE emphasizes team-based care, interprofessional education and a shift toward transforming health systems that truly are patient-centered,” adds Tonya Fancher, associate dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engage-ment at the School of Medicine and co-principal investigator.

The curriculum is for physician assistant and nurse practitioner students from the School of Nursing, along with residents and students from the School of Medicine.