James Ballard, EdD, MS
Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Ballard is executive director of the Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). Nationally, he serves as the co-chair of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education NEXUS Learning System and is a member of the board and education committees for the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC). He is a graduate in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and received a Masters of Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky and a Doctorate in Education at Northern Kentucky University with a focus on Interprofessional Education.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Researchers from six disciplines examined dialectical tensions among healthcare professionals in simulated medical error disclosure conversations. Using Relational Dialectics Theory (RDT), we examined how communication tensions manifested in one-on-one and interprofessional team disclosure. Tensions healthcare professionals experienced included transparency and protectionism, and leadership and support. Collaborative patient care requires shared leadership wherein power is shared as a function of appropriate knowledge and experience rather than isolated by role, and decisions are made…