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What is Interprofessional Education?

Interprofessional Education (IPE) is "when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (WHO 2010). IPE enables students from different fields to interact and learn in a way that prepares them for the seamless teamwork of interprofessional collaborative practice that successful modern patient care delivery requires. 

Why is IPE important?

The goal of IPE is to ensure that students and trainees in health professions build a skill set that will ultimately increase patient safety, reduce errors, maximize efficiencies, and improve quality of care.  Some  positive outcomes for health care professionals who have learned about interprofessional collaboration and IPE concepts include:

  • modified of negative attitudes and perceptions about health care professionals in other fields
  • learned strategies to remedy failures in trust and communication
  • knowledge that they can cope with problems that exceed the capacity of any one profession by working as a collaborative team
  • enhanced job satisfaction and ease stress

UCSF's vision for IPE

To advance interprofessional education, collaboration and scholarship to improve the quality of health care delivery

IPE Center mission

To support the creation, implementation and evaluation of interprofessional education that can enhance collaborative practice and improves the health and wellbeing of patients and communities

Goals for the next few years

  1. To establish a center infrastructure that supports the development and expansion of interprofessional education activities across UCSF
  2. To provide leadership, guidance and support in the design and implementation of a range of interprofessional education activities
  3. To create and implement faculty development activities that aim to nurture the expansion of a cohort of effective interprofessional facilitators
  4. To provide expert consultation to faculty, staff and students that supports their endeavours to develop interprofessional activities
  5. To collaborate in the implementation of technology that supports the creation and expansion of innovative interprofessional learning environments
  6. To undertake evaluation activities that generate empirical evidence of the processes and outcomes linked to student-based IPE courses and faculty development activities
  7. To identify opportunities for fundraising and submit research grants to support the growth of interprofessional activities 
  8. To promote the recognition of UCSF as a national and international IPE leader by means of high quality scholarship, evaluation and research

Theories and Models

The Executive Committee has selected some key theories/models that inform/underpin the future development of IPE curricula activities at UCSF as briefly described in this summary document

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