INDIANAPOLIS — Andrea L. Pfeifle, Ed.D., P.T., has been named the first assistant dean and director of the Indiana University Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice and associate professor of family medicine. She will assume her duties Sept. 15.
Dr. Pfeifle‘s recent work has focused on interprofessional education and teaching collaborative practice models across medical and health science education programs. She works in the areas of clinical faculty development; sustainable instructional design principles in medical and health sciences education; and assessment and evaluation of individual student and program-level outcomes during clinical and other forms of experiential education.
The IU Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice was created to foster an interdisciplinary approach to health care and education and prepare future health care providers to deliver high-quality, team-based care for the benefit of their patients and the communities they serve. Recent health care reform has placed an added emphasis on efficient, effective and accessible care, and Indiana University is well-positioned to be a leader in training students to collaborate across disciplines to provide optimal care to benefit patients and their families. The eight IU schools involved in the initiative are dentistry, health and rehabilitation sciences, medicine, nursing, optometry and social work, as well as the School of Public Health-Bloomington and the Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis.
Dr. Pfeifle joins IU from the University of Kentucky, where she is the director of the Center for Interprofessional Health Care Education, Research and Practice and an assistant professor of family and community medicine.
She received her doctorate from the University of Kentucky and has been on the faculty there since 1998. Before joining the university, Dr. Pfeifle was the founding director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program at Midway College and had been the owner and president of Physical Therapy Services, a contract rehabilitation business managing and staffing multiple ambulatory care, outpatient, home health, nursing home and hospital-based rehabilitation services in Kentucky. She also served as the director of outpatient rehabilitation services at four hospitals in Kentucky.