WCMEW Conference Tackles Care Delivery through Expert Panels

August 11, 2017

Designing and supporting a health care workforce that meets the needs of Wisconsin patients can be a challenge for hospital administrators, teaching institutions and policymakers. How do systems ensure they hire and retain the appropriate mix of providers? Can implementing team-based care shift the current roles of clinicians and reduce projected workforce shortages? How should tomorrow’s health care professionals be trained to effectively deliver care in an environment that is constantly evolving?

These questions, among others, will be discussed by expert panelists and through small-group breakout sessions at a statewide conference this fall. The Future Landscape of Wisconsin’s Health Care Workforce, hosted by the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW), will take place in Wisconsin Dells September 27. The full-day conference aims to deliver on several of the recommendations from WCMEW’s 2016 Report, “A Work in Progress: Building Wisconsin’s Future Physician Workforce.”  The report advocates for statewide discussion of health care workforce challenges, engaging stakeholders from across sectors and disciplines to approach projected shortages collaboratively. “Promoting transformation of care delivery” is a key area of opportunity for Wisconsin to address provider gaps across the state, according to the report. 

To deliver on its recommendations from the 2016 Report, WCMEW will bring together expert speakers from a variety of sectors to discuss reforming care delivery and potential workforce effects. They include representatives from training institutions, hospital systems and membership associations. Peter Sanderson, MD, medical director, informatics and ambulatory regulation, Ascension Wisconsin, will lead a breakout session on future workforce models in both planning and implementation contexts. Shishir Sheth, MD, clinical vice president, specialty care, Ascension Medical Group, with co-presenter Eric Elliot, president, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants, will present approaches to leveraging physician assistants to maximize patient care. Matthew Swedlund, MD, clinical assistant professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, will also provide conference attendees with concrete models for adapting high-functioning teams in primary care settings, emphasizing the need for reforms in care delivery. 

Registration for the full-day conference September 27 is available at www.cvent.com/d/85qxys. Contact George Quinn, WCMEW executive director, at gquinn@wcmew.org or 608-516-5189 with questions. See the full brochure for more information.

This story originally appeared in the August 11, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter