In late January, representatives of 22 organizations, including the members of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), participated in a two-day invitational conference held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). The purpose was to explore the role that simulation might play/should play in advancing interprofessional education. Susan Mackintosh, DO, MPH, Director of Interprofessional Education, Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, attended the meeting as AACOM’s representative. According to Dr. Mackintosh, the meeting “not only stressed the importance of interprofessional collaboration but the significant impact simulation and technology are having on this emerging paradigm in health care education and practice.”
The meeting was funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and was co-sponsored by SSH and the National League for Nursing. The discussions were grounded in the IPEC report, Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.