This project is a collaboration between the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (Sargent College) and the School of Social Work (SSW) to create a non-credit online certificate in Interprofessional Leadership in Health Care using an alumni mentoring approach. This certificate will highlight the vast experiences of Boston University alumni by engaging them as e-mentors in five one-month online courses. The goal of the certificate is to increase healthcare professionals’ skills and knowledge in interprofessional leadership.
Most healthcare professionals who assume leadership roles have not had any leadership training and are often ill equipped to lead interprofessional teams. Regularly, they learn leadership and management skills on the job while in leadership positions. Consequently, their effectiveness as an interprofessional team leader is limited. This certificate will help prepare healthcare professionals with the skills to better coordinate and deliver services which ultimately will result in better health care outcomes. We will focus on team-based approaches that capitalize on authentic case studies, simulations, and exercises, using a mentorship model that leverages technology, such as Project ECHO® and Zoom. Of particular importance will be that teams will work in peer-to-peer dyads with BU alumni mentorship leading and coaching these teams furthering our engagement with alumni.