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16th IPEC institute: Building a Framework for Collaboration

Dr. Julie Darnell (Loyola University Chicago) numbered among the seven public health participants at this week’s 16th Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) institute, entitled Building a Framework for Collaboration, held at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learning Center in Washington, DC. She joined the 100 attendees in engaging with national leaders to learn about the building blocks needed to advance interprofessional education for collaborative practice (IPECP).  Institute attendees spent significant time planning, building, designing, assessing, and preparing to act on their IPECP goals, as well as enhancing their abilities to communicate effectively about IPECP.

Until this institute, the target audience was confined to interprofessional faculty teams and their collaborative academic and/or practice partners committed to promoting IPECP. This was the first institute that permitted individual educators and practitioners looking for tools and strategies to lead, develop, and implement  IPECP. Dr. Darnell participated as one of these pioneering individual attendees.

On behalf of the IPEC board, Dr. Laura Magaña (ASPPH) kicked off the institute with a warm welcome and Dr. José Capriles-Quirós, who trained in both medicine and public health, and who has held a number of leadership positions at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including in the school of public health and, currently, in the medical school, also spoke. Dr. Capriles-Quirós discussed his teaching and learning experiences and promising models for leveraging the IPEC core competencies in curricular planning to better prepare students for collaborative practice. Read more details about the event.

The next IPEC institute is planned as a 201-type institute, for more advanced teams who want to “up their game” in IPECP. It will be held from October 2-4 in Portland, OR. Stay tuned for details and to register in the coming weeks.