Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC) to Expand Membership

On September 11, 2016, the executive leaders of the six members of the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC)—which includes the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)—held an open session prior to the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) meeting in Arlington, VA.
HPAC has been a tremendous forum to collaborate as accreditors to improve interprofessional education," says Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), BCPS, Past Chair of ASPA and Executive Director of ACPE. "We look forward to developing a process that welcomes new organizational members and continue to foster professional collaboration and exchange of best practices between disciplines.”

Over 30 individuals representing other members of ASPA, primarily health care related accreditors, attended the session. The session reviewed:

  • The history of and the purpose for the formation of HPAC
  • The common interest of the HPAC members to initially learn from each other and improve interprofessional education (IPE) and to look toward other areas where collaboration would be valuable
  • The commonalities and differences in the current standards and assessment requirements related to IPE of the six HPAC members
  • The opportunity offered by ASPA to hold HPAC meetings before or after ASPA’s semi-annual meetings, to better serve the educational needs of the two-thirds of the ASPA members in the health care arena
  • The desire of HPAC to expand its membership to other accreditors who are willing to learn about, from, and with each other on matters of common interest, with IPE as a starting point, and to collaborate on various member-identified projects

The discussions were collegial and engaged. HPAC decided the next step would be to hold a strategic directions and planning session immediately before or after the April 2-4, 2017, ASPA meeting in Chicago, IL. The planning will be led by current HPAC members and other agencies that choose to join HPAC in an open call to ASPA members prior to the spring 2017 meeting.

Learn more at AACOM’s Interprofessional Education web section.