CLE Innovation Challenge

A Unique Opportunity:  The Clinical Learning Environment Innovation Challenge

The Clinical Learning Environment (CLE) Innovation Challenge will provide your interprofessional academic-practice team with the opportunity to learn and apply design thinking to create new and better strategies for improving interprofessional learning for patients, learners and health care settings back home. Teams will choose the problems and/or opportunities they most want to address, such as how to better integrate patients and families in the CLE, improving team communication, or how to demonstrate impact and value of CLE experiences. Teams will create a prototype for implementation-ready solution, present to, and receive feedback from a panel of expert judges, including CLE experts in practice, education, policy, and economics and patient responders.  Teams with the most promising solutions will be invited to present at the Awards Luncheon at the Summit.

By participating in the CLE Innovation Challenge, your team will:

  • Gain an orientation to design-thinking tools and techniques by experts in the field,
  • Participate in an interactive ideation workshop to apply what you learn,
  • Create a prototype for implementation-ready solutions to launch in your own setting,
  • Receive feedback on your solution prototype from a panel of health care executives, educators, and consumers,
  • Have the opportunity to present your prototype at the closing session of the Summit, if judged as most promising by the expert panel, and
  • Receive a certificate of recognition.

CLE Innovation Challenge Facilitators

SmithGroup, health sciences education and healthcare design experts, will lead the orientation to design thinking and prototyping workshops. This internationally recognized architecture firm led the sold-out “Leveraging Interprofessional Design Thinking” Short Course at the 2017 Nexus Summit. Their designers have extensive experience with clients implementing interprofessional practice and education across health systems, communities, universities, and colleges.


Achieving the Optimal Interprofessional Clinical Learning Environment, symposium proceedings of the National Collaborative for Improving Clinical Environments (NCICLE), outlines the value and characteristics of high-functioning clinical learning environments from the perspectives of patients, learners, health systems and academic medical centers.

CLE Innovation Challenge Format

Sunday, August 18 3:30-4:30 p.m. Introduction to Design Thinking: Getting Acquainted with Tools and Techniques (1 Hour)
Monday, August 19 1:00-5:00 p.m. Ideation and Prototyping Workshop and Presentation to Panel of Judges (4 hours)
Tuesday, August 20 Summit Awards Ceremony: Most Promising Solutions
**Challenge participants should plan for the eventuality that their prototype may be selected for a presentation during the Awards Ceremony on 8/20. The most promising solutions will be invited to present at the Awards Ceremony.

Who Should Participate?

Those who are committed to better patient care and health outcomes through interprofessional learning will want to participate in the CLE Innovation Challenge.  Because of the nature of the Challenge and its focus on back-home solutions, interprofessional teams will benefit most from participating in this special event.


The CLE Innovation Challenge is a special opportunity for registered attendees of the Nexus Summit 2019. Participation in the CLE Innovation Challenge is free of charge but space is very limited. Teams are encouraged to sign up together as early as possible, and must be registered for the Nexus Summit 2019 to qualify. Teams signing up together receive first priority.

If you are attending the Summit as an individual and are interest in participating, you may register for the CLE Innovation Challenge, and be assigned to join an existing team working on a shared problem or opportunity of interest.


Innovation Challenge Registration is Closed.