The George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is now accepting nominations for the 2018 George E. Thibault, MD Nexus Award.

This award celebrates exemplary interprofessional practice in the US and those who are thinking and acting differently where education and practice connect in health and health care.

The award recognizes an educational institution, health system, clinic, and/or community organization for extraordinary contributions to the Nexus– linking health professions education and interprofessional practice to transform care delivery, improve health outcomes, and decrease costs.

Application and Selection Process

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 Nexus Award.

Applications and supporting materials are submitted online.

The deadline for submission is Friday, May 18.


  • The initiative or practice model must demonstrate key elements of the Nexus, such as:
    • Share a vision
    • Integrate clinical practice and health professions education in innovative ways that fosters culture change
    • Deliberately focus on achieving improved health care outcomes for patients, improved health of communities, and decreased overall health care costs
    • Cultivate engagement of senior leadership
    • Partner with patients, families, and communities for interprofessional practice and education
    • Demonstrate benefit of the initiative or practice model for students, residents and practice site
    • The initiative or practice model must have two years of operational experience (as of April 1, 2018).
  • A representative of the initiative or practice model must be able to attend Nexus Summit 2018: Creating Results: Interprofessional Vision to Action July 29-31 and share highlights from the initiative or practice model in a plenary presentation on July 31 during the Nexus Award Celebration at the Summit (representative will receive free admission to entire Summit conference).

Selection Process

The National Center Awards Subcommittee will review all completed applications and select a recipient.


The award recipient will be notified no later than June 15, 2018.

Award Benefit

Award recipient will receive:

  • $5000 monetary award
  • One complimentary registration to the Nexus Summit 2018
  • One complimentary registration to the Nexus Summit 2019


Questions regarding the Nexus Award can be directed to

Resources to support application development

There is a growing portfolio of resources supporting the concept of the Nexus. The following resources provide additional information about the Nexus to support application development.

Previous Nexus Award Winners

The 2017 Nexus Award

In 2017, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education proudly announced the University of Washington Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice as the winner of the 2017 Nexus Award. 

The University of Washington distinguished itself among submissions through the unique academic practice partnership with the University of Washington Medical Center's (UWMC) Regional Heart Center (RHC). The initiative links health professions education and interprofessional collaborative practice to create, transform, test and scale-up an integrated collaborative learning and practice model that follows the Triple Aim. Working together as an academic practice partnership team, the group has implemented a new model of inpatient HF care and extended an innovative educational and training model to UW health professions students, preceptors, and primary care providers throughout the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.


2017 Honorable Mentions

  • Saint Louis University Center for Interprofessional Education and Research (CIER)
  • Creighton University Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER)

The 2016 Nexus Award

The University of Southern Indiana distinguished itself among submissions by engaging multiple professional disciplines in urban and rural underserved practice environments in order to foster better access to healthcare in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. Interprofessional team members include health profession students, faculty clinical coaches, practice professionals at the USI Community Health Centers and Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center Community-Based Outpatient Centers (CBOCs). The work of the interprofessional teams in multiple settings provide teams of students under the guidance of faculty and clinicians opportunities for culturally sensitive learning experiences.  Students participate in the continuum of primary care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance, health communications, and disease management.


2016 Honorable Mentions

  • Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center - Grand Valley State University
  • South Dakota Interprofessional Practice and Education Collaborative
  • University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine and Highland Family Medicine
  • VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education


An Interview with 2016 Nexus Award Winner, the University of Southern Indiana