Six national education associations of schools of the health professions formed the Interprofessional Education Collaborative in 2009, which continues to be of service to its members. Its goal is to promote and encourage constituent efforts that would advance substantive interprofessional learning experiences, thereby helping prepare future health professionals for enhanced team-based care of patients and improving population health outcomes, according to the collaborative’s website.
The IPEC announced the dates of its 2016 faculty development institutes. Held May 4-6, the spring session will focus on quality improvement and patient safety. The 2016 fall session will take place Oct. 5-7, and focus on building a framework for interprofessional education.
These founding organizations include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, The Voice of Dental Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.
The group has created core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice to guide curricula development across health profession schools. IPEC also provides conferences and events, a portal and online resources and offers funding opportunities.