What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.”

Source: World Health Organization (WHO). (2010). Framework for action on
interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization.

About the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)

In 2009 six national education associations of schools of the health professions formed a collaborative to promote and encourage constituent efforts that would advance substantive interprofessional learning experiences to help prepare future health professionals for enhanced team-based care of patients and improved population health outcomes. These organizations that represent higher education in allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health created core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice to guide curricula development across health professions schools.

Although the panel focused its recommendations on the professions of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health, the IPEC is engaging other health professions with the release of its final report.

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IPEC incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2013 with the following current members representing the leadership:

  • Vice-President:  Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, RPh, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

  • Treasurer/Secretary:  Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • Board Chair:  Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Board Vice-Chair:  Alison J. Whelan, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Member:  Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

In 2016-2017, IPEC approved fourteen additional members through a new institutional membership category. IPEC now also includes the following national associations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
  • American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)
  • Association of  American  Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
  • Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC)
  • Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)