Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Meg Zomorodi PhD, RN, CNL is Assistant Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. In 2014, she was selected as a Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar, and she currently serves as the Director of the Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI), in which interprofessional teams of students work together with rural and underserved communities to give back using a quality improvement methodology. Dr. Zomorodi teaches across the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs and has a passion for developing collaborations and innovations in teaching.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
The 2019 Guidance on developing quality interprofessional education (IPE) for the health professions provides an exceptional blueprint for how to intentionally build interprofessional experiences. By bringing together leaders in IPE and accreditation, it suggests that intentional IPE should be built with outcomes based goals, deliberate design, and assessment throughout. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we recognize the importance of initiating IPE as early as possible in the curriculum to set the stage for IPE and to raise awareness of how unintentional biases can be…
Background: The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (OIPEP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill established a Student Executive Committee (SEC) to engage students in interprofessional activities. The SEC is comprised of students from the health professional schools (Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work), the Schools of Education, Business, and the Health Sciences Library. Debunk the Junk was the first SEC initiative an interprofessional, case-based event where participants addressed myths about their professions and…
Workshop Description:Designing quality interprofessional education and practice experiences requires top-down support. The recent 2019 guidance from the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative encourages institutional leaders to develop a systematic approach to foster IPE and engage with academic and community partners. This workshop will address the theme of Quality Interprofessional Education and Accreditation by providing an overview of a strategic planning framework that participants can adapt to their own institution in order to develop sustainable IPE relationships. Our team will…
Quality IPE starts with a clear plan for development and implementation across multiple professions. Each profession must consider context, teaching strategies, reasoning for the approach, competencies and learning outcomes that are salient for their own profession but also for the professions with whom they are collaborating. Additionally, there is a need to establish ‘social IPE’ where students have opportunities to get to know each other outside of formal, intentional IPE activities. Both of these strategies to advance IPEP take time, and if not carefully planned can overwhelm systems and…
The Rural Interprofessional Health Initiative (RIPHI) takes a multifaceted approach to maximize the Quadruple Aim through interprofessional quality improvement work, responding to the increasing rural workforce needs in North Carolina, and developing interprofessional collaboration opportunities by creating a unique experience where healthcare professionals and students work as a team to implement population health interventions to improve care, and expose students to the unique needs of rural North Carolina. The RIPHI is comprised of three components: 1) training modules focused on…