What is

Interprofessional Education (IPE)?


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 original 2011 panel focused its recommendations on the professions of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health, IPEC continues to engage multiple health professions in its efforts to guide curriculum development across health professions schools.

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“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.

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

Chair:  Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Vice Chair:  Laura Magaña, PhD, President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

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

Secretary:  Shelley McKearney, IPEC Associate Director, Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Member-At-Large:  Robert A. Cain, DO, FACOI, FAODME, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

Member-At-Large:  Alison J. Whelan, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges

Member-At-Large:  Karen P. West, DMD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer,  American Dental Education Association

Member-At-Large: Darla Coffey, PhD, MSW, President and CEO, Council on Social Work Education