Interprofessional Education (IPE)
The World Health Organization defines interprofessional education as students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (Framework for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice, 2010). Through interprofessional education, students learn to collaborate and communicate effectively, and, by doing so, they develop leadership qualities and mutual respect for one another’s knowledge and skill sets (Interprofessional Education Collaborative [IPEC] Expert Panel, 2011).
East Indiana AHEC works to make sure interprofessional education opportunities exist for health professions students in our region both by supporting communication and collaboration between the various health professions college programs that serve our part of the state and by developing local-level interprofessional learning opportunties for students completing clinicals at hospitals and other sites that host students from multiple disciplines and programs.
Learn more about some of our IPE opportunities:
Regional IPE Day - Columbus, Indiana
Interprofessional Lunch and Learn At Clinical Sites
Interprofessional learning doesn't just happen on campuses - it should occur at clinical sites, too. We know that in our region, smaller hospitals often host learners from four or more different college programs at the same time. We are piloting a program to bring those students to learn together over lunch at their clinical sites. Check back soon for more information!