Our Approach and Team

The Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education is a coordinating center for IPE and collaborative collaborative care efforts at the University of Michigan. By carefully aligning and integrating the needs and interests of health professions education with collaborative practice, we are working to transform the way we prepare U-M students. We achieve our goals through curriculum development, clinical innovation and evaluative research.

Center for IPE Staff:

Raj MangrulkarRajesh S. Mangrulkar, MD, Director – Serves as the visionary and strategic leader for interprofessional education across U-M’s 10 health science schools on 3 campuses–-and increasingly in collaboration with other U-M schools (law, business, engineering, education, etc.). He is the Marguerite S. Roll Professor of Medical Education, associate professor of internal medicine and learning health sciences, and former associate dean for medical student education at the Medical School. His academic work focuses on organizational leadership and innovation, and their interface with transforming health professions education at scale. He earned a degree in computer science with honors from U-M and an MD from Harvard Medical School. Read more about his approach to transforming education at scale to advance the social good in his Fall 2021 brief bio sketch.

Vani Patterson
, MPH, Assistant Director – Oversees the Center for IPE’s day-to-day operations and manages the committees, contracted projects, and campus collaborations that advance the Center’s efforts. Previously, she worked to foster collaborative practice to improve health care in primary and school-based care settings nationally with Michigan Medicine’s Adolescent Health Initiative. She earned an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences and Human Nutrition from U-M School of Public Health.

Mary Beth Lewis,
BA, Communications Specialist – Manages the Center for IPE’s website content, social media platforms, and public relations. During 18 years at U-M, she expanded the School of Public Health’s digital footprint, managed the School of Nursing’s communications, and co-founded the Health Communicators Forum. She earned a BA in English from Wesleyan University and did foundational coursework in public health.

Lindsay Telega
, BAA, Senior Administrative Assistant – Coordinates administrative support to the director, staff, and various Center for IPE committees and workgroups, along with implementing and planning IPE activities and events. Before joining U-M, she worked as a human resources assistant for a large automotive corporation. She earned a BAA in business from Central Michigan University.

General Inquiries: IPEcenter@umich.edu or 734-764-0696

Learn about the Center for IPE structure.