While a number of organizations recognized and tried to address the evolution of interprofessional education (IPE), one group continues to thrive in spearheading the advancement of IPE around the country.
“We came together with the understanding that the future of health care was going to be collaborative in nature,” said Dr. Richard Valachovic, CEO of the American Dental Education Association, “We realized that the way health care was delivered would be changing.”
Along with ADEA, the founding members of IPEC are the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Association of American Medical Colleges.
Their goal: to prepare the health care workforce for team-based care. And from providing resources to creating core competencies, for the leaders of six leaders of IPEC, it is important they also practice what they preach.