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:
President: Lucinda L. Maine, PhD, RPh, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Board Chair: Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
Vice-Board Chair: Alison J. Whelan, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
Treasurer/Secretary: Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Member-At-Large: Jeffrey Stewart, DDS, MS, Senior Vice President for Interprofessional and Global Collaboration, American Dental Education Association
Member-At-Large: Laura Magaña, PhD, President and CEO, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Member-At-Large: Darla Coffey, PhD, MSW, President and CEO, Council on Social Work Education
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