Framework & Competencies

Our Framework

UCSF has established a framework to guide the Interprofessional Education activities at UCSF and is represented visually in the graphic above. The framework includes three key concepts:

  1. Differential Competencies
    The IPE Framework assumes that each School has a set of competencies that are specific to each profession, known as the "differential competencies."
  2. Common Competencies
    The IPE Framework assumes that across the five Schools, a set of common competencies exist that are taught both in mono and interprofessional settings. In general, common competencies are practiced in interprofessional groups and teams in which the common approach contributes to improved team function and patient care outcomes.
  3. IPE Competencies
    IPE Competencies focus on the ways in which professionals divide work, share unique insights, use those insights to innovate, monitor situations and individuals, improve patient care, prevent errors, and provide support. The application and mastery of these competencies must occur in interprofessional settings comprised variably of students, faculty, and professional practitioners. The six general areas of competency in interprofessional collaboration include:
  • Understanding teams
  • Continuous learning
  • Conflict management
  • Usual and crisis communication
  • Effective delegation and follow-up
  • Knowledge of roles and responsibilities

UCSF IPE Competencies

Expanding on the six general areas of competency in interprofessional collaboration outlined above, we have established a specific set of IPE competency statements that encompass the six general areas and are universal across all Schools.

By the end of a student's career at UCSF, s/he will be able to:

  1. Use the knowledge of one’s own role and the roles of other health professionals to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of the patients and populations served.
  2. Communicate with other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a collaborative approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease in individual patients and populations.
  3. Work with other health professionals to establish and maintain a climate of mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity, and trust.


Interprofessional Collaboration Developmental Framework (PDF version)