Interprofessional teamwork and leadership are vital in healthcare. Recognizing this, the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV), Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), the Virginia Nurses Foundation (VNF), and the Virginia Department of Health have partnered to provide SYNC – Transforming Healthcare Leadership.  SYNC is an innovative learning institute where healthcare professionals can develop their capabilities for interprofessional collaboration.  The results can be seen in stronger individuals, teams, and organizations.


SYNC Participants and Learning Objectives

SYNC is open to interprofessional health care teams of up to (5) clinical leaders, to include a physician and a registered nurse.  SYNC participants will strengthen their insights and competencies in:

  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • 21st-Century Healthcare
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Individual and Team Wellness

SYNC Faculty and Support Team

The SYNC Faculty includes a mix of national, state and local speakers with tremendous expertise and experience. The SYNC Support Team includes staff from the partner organizations and Community Health Solutions.   The SYNC Support Team is available to provide guidance and support throughout the SYNC experience.  Much of this support is provided through the SYNC Learning Portal (this website), where participants can find information on SYNC learning activities, a knowledge base of learning resources, and contact information for SYNC colleagues.

SYNC Learning Activities

SYNC learning activities include four onsite learning sessions, virtual learning between learning sessions, and an applied Capstone Project.

  • Onsite Learning. The four onsite learning sessions will be held in June, September, October, and November.  The June session begins with a Thursday evening kickoff event followed by a day-long session on Friday.  The fall dates are one-day events held on Fridays.  Dates will be announced shortly.
  • Virtual Learning. Virtual learning activities include scheduled webinar events plus self-directed learning supported by the SYNC Learning Portal (this website).
  • Capstone Project.  To put learning into action, each team will engage in a SYNC Capstone Project that is chosen by the team to address a practical challenge within their organization or community.  This creates value for SYNC participants and their organizations in return for the investment in SYNC.  Teams will have access to technical assistance and coaching from the SYNC Support Team to help with the design and execution of the Capstone Project.
  • Capstone Teachback.  Each team will share lessons learned from its Capstone Project experience through a ‘teachback’ presentation at the final SYNC Learning Session.  We also encourage teams to deliver these presentations within their home organizations.
  • Continuing Education Credits.   Continuing education credits and contact hours are being sought in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry.  Information will be posted once credits have been approved.

Continuing Education Credits for SYNC:

Accreditation and Designation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the Virginia Nurses Association Foundation. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 44.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dental credits for each live session will be posted if/when approved.

Learn More about SYNC

To learn more about SYNC,  contact Amy Swierczewski at or 804-377-1053. Use the button above or click this links to register for the SYNC Program 2017.