The SFVA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE)

The SFVA CoEPCE was established in 2011 as one of five nationwide centers within the VA health care system.  The SFVA Center is known as Education in Patient Aligned Care Teams (EdPACT).   

The CoEPCE was deemed an integral part of the Medical Center, and funding was secured through a permanent budget line item for future years. In collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Schools of Medicine and Nursing (SOM, SON), the EdPACT program facilitated implementation of Patient Aligned Care Teams — the VA's version of the patient-centered medical home — at the SFVA, and transformed primary care education.

Ed Pact LogoThe mission of the VA CoEPCE is to better prepare health care professionals to become future leaders in patient-centered, team-based care, to ensure that our nation's Veterans receive top quality health care in the years ahead. We train nurse practitioner residents and students, and internal medicine residents alongside pharmacy, psychology, registered dietician, optometry, podiatry, and social worker trainees. Each interdisciplinary team has its own panel of patients. Daily 'huddles' allow them to address healthcare challenges within the group, to be solved from a multidisciplinary perspective with coaching from inter-professional faculty. Teams also include clinic staff RNs, LVNs, and clerical associates. This model focuses on teambuilding, inter-professional collaboration, and communication. The program was featured in the 2016-2017 UCSF Medical Education Year in Review.