AACOM and its partners in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will host the Spring 2015 IPEC Institute April 29-May 1 in Herndon, VA. Under the theme Building Interprofessional Education for Population Health, the institute will enable faculty development and team-based learning sessions focused on building strong interprofessional education (IPE) programs.

Due to the high volume of health professionals already registered for the upcoming faculty development institute, IPEC has increased registration capacity for the event. There is still time to reserve your spot at the highly-anticipated spring event, where you will have the opportunity to gain insight to contemporary standards of practice including interprofessional healthcare teams that provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. Space is limited—be sure to register today!

The preliminary agenda includes plenary and interactive sessions that will guide faculty teams in planning IPE curricula and training programs for effective interprofessional learning and assessment of health professions students. Sessions will also focus on strategic IPE collaboration with communities in order to improve population health.

Leading authorities including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the World Health Organization (WHO), among others, have identified IPE as an effective way to enhance the healthcare workforce and improve care delivery.  

The overall goal of the upcoming institute is—through team-based activities and consultation with experts and peers—to prepare faculty with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a programmatic action plan to implement IPE at their home institutions. Learning objectives for the institute include:


  • Identify resources and commitments necessary to facilitate IPE at one’s institution
  • Examine best practices in IPE curriculum planning and design for use in one’s program
  • Create learner assessment strategies in IPE
  • Develop faculty skills in IPE
  • Communicate the team’s IPE objectives to decision-makers


As a result of the IPEC Institute, participants will be able to:

  • Build effective and sustainable relationships with partners striving to improve population health
  • Create competency-based, practice-oriented curricula for improving population health
  • Integrate public health students into interprofessional learning and practice collaborations
  • Assess student learner competence and educational programming
  • Implement faculty development in population health at one’s home institution(s)
  • Communicate the team’s aims in using IPE for improving population health

IPEC institutes are held to bring together faculty from across the health disciplines and explore how to embed quality improvement and patient safety content into their curriculum using IPE student learning experiences. IPEC’s coalition of leading health professions education associations has worked on several projects together, and is planning further activities to make interprofessional healthcare teams a highly functioning reality.

IPEC is comprised of six organizations, including AACOM, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

For more information about the spring institute or other upcoming events, visit the IPEC website.

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February 2015
Vol. 9, No. 2