The Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center was one of five hospitals nationwide selected in 2010 to improve primary care education in the United States. A total of 37 VA teaching hospitals competed for the grant. As part of VA’s New Models of Care initiative, the Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education will utilize VA primary care settings to develop and test innovative approaches to prepare physicians, nurses, and associated health trainees for primary care practice in the 21st Century.
The Center aims to speed development of the Medical Home Model, known within the VA as the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). The medical home model is the future of primary care medicine. Policy leaders around the nation recognize that innovation in primary care is a key to improving quality in the U.S. health care system. In Boise, we are integrating multidisciplinary trainees in our ambulatory clinic while teaching longitudinal patient care. This effort is supported by the use of registries, virtual clinics, and secure messaging. Trainees begin collaborating during the Primary Care Seminars and Curriculum of Inquiry.
With over thirty years of advances in postgraduate education, the Boise VA is well positioned to serve as a national center of excellence (CoE) in primary care education. The CoE will implement and study new educational models on the larger context of health professions education, including collaboration between different professional schools and programs, cultural shifts in educational priorities, and educational and workforce outcomes within and beyond VA.