he Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) recently held its fall institute October 7-9 at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, VA. The 2015 Fall IPEC Institute brought health professions leaders together to gain knowledge and attain the building blocks for interprofessional education (IPE).
Centered around the theme, Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration, the fall institute provided post-baccalaureate health professions faculty and their IPE colleagues with quality time and dedicated space for guided learning, team-based planning activities, and consultation with experts and peers in order to emerge with a programmatic action plan for IPE.
The 2015 Fall IPEC agenda also included the following:
- Welcome Address and Keynote by Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, PharmD, BCACP, Chief Pharmacy Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
- A series of Theory Bursts and Team Meetings including a presentation on “Building Learning upon IPEC’s Core Competencies for Collaboration” by David W. Farmer, PhD, LPC, LMFT, Director of Interprofessional Education and Assistant Professor of Medical Education, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM)
- Past Cohort Panel Presentation and Q&A that highlighted the application of experiences obtained through previous iterations of the institute
- Daily electronic evaluations served as tools to understand the learning and reactions of participants to daily events for continuous enhancement of programming quality
Connecting Health Professions for Better Care
The format of the fall institute allowed participants to engage with national leaders as they acquired the building blocks for IPE. Faculty teams spent time interacting within their own groups to plan, build, design, assess, and act on their IPE goals. Opportunities to interact with other teams as they shared information through collaboration and networking, including poster presentations, further enhanced team learning at the event.
To learn more about IPE, see AACOM’s Interprofessional Education web page, or visit the IPEC website to register for upcoming IPEC Institutes.