What Is IPE?
IPE differs from multidisciplinary education where students from multiple professions simply learn together; IPE is distinctly defined by intentional objectives of students learning about, from, and with each other and their professional perspectives.
“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.” World Health Organization 2010
Criteria for IPE Courses/Offerings
IPE courses must meet all of the following criteria:
- Participants: Involve a balanced mix of students from two or more professions to facilitate learning about, from, and with each other
- Content: Intentional teaching of one or more of the 5 IPE Core Competencies (above) at a defined level of progression towards IPE competency (above)
- Intentionality: Designate specific IPE learning focus in course syllabus/project proposal (e.g. specific IPE course design and delivery, IPE content and learning objectives, specific IPE competencies and sub-competencies, etc.)
- Activity: Engaged, interactional, peer to peer learning which promotes students learning about, from, and with each other
- May include face to face, distance, synchronous and asynchronous learning
- Level of engagement consistent with expected outcome and level of exposure
- Assessment: Include a specific plan to assess student achievement of IPE competencies
- Follow-up: Provide outcome/assessment data specific to achievement of predefined IPE competencies to IPE-Curriculum Committee as requested at completion of the IPE offering
The IPE designation from the IPE-CC does not replace any necessary curriculum/offering approval processes within one’s individual schools.
Benefits of IPE Course/Offering Designation
- Proposed course has been reviewed by the IPE Curriculum Committee and received an IPE designation that it meets all IPE required criteria (link to criteria)
- Course is listed on Center for IPE website and can be promoted by Center, if requested.
- Access to IPE support and teaching resources
- Course faculty receive an IPE Endorsement Letter from the Center for IPE that could be used in individual schools’ accreditation processes.
- IPE Teaching Scholarship: Faculty are encouraged to consider innovation in teaching and to produce IPE-focused scholarship.
Resources to Assist in Developing an IPE Course/Offering
- IPE Course Adapter Toolkit: http://ipetoolkit.umich.edu
- The Center for Research on Learning and Training (CRLT) is a valuable resource. Contact email@example.com.
- The Center for IPE is happy to assist and/or provide guidance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Browse existing IPE opportunities to better understand the variety of formats and experiences that currently exist.
IPE Interest Form
Interested in creating an IPE experience for students? Please complete the IPE Opportunity Interest Form. We look forward to talking with you!