Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Resources

Interprofessional education and collaborative practice resources provide information on various topics related to interprofessional education resources and that may inform curriculum development and clinical education, as well as offer other opportunities available to physical therapy educators in this arena.

Google Hangout: Multidisciplinary Health Professionals Discuss Professionalism and Interprofessional Professionalism

Members from osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and nursing discuss professionalism in their perspective health care fields as it relates to health care professionals outside of physical therapy and as it interrelates among health care professionals, including physical therapy


All Together Better Health Conference VII
ATBH is the leading global interprofessional practice and education conference and brings together providers, health system executives, educators, policymakers, and healthcare industry leaders to advance interprofessionalism locally, regionally, and worldwide. The last conference was convened in Pittsburgh, PA on June 6-8, 2014 and conference proceedings are available here. The next conference will be hosted in 2016 at Oxford, United Kingdom on Values-Based Interprofessional Practice and in 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. To learn more about this international conference, please click here.

American Interprofessional Education Collaborative (AIHC)
The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) transcends boundaries to transform learning, policies, practices, and scholarship toward an improved system of health and wellness for individual patients, communities, and populations. It believes educating those entrusted with the health of individuals, communities, and populations to value and respect each other’s unique expertise and skills and to work together is fundamental to care that is effective, safe, of high quality, and efficient in terms of cost, resources, and time.

  • AIHC Webinar Series
    The AIHC Leadership Webinar Series offers a forum for leaders who are committed to systems transformation through interprofessional collaboration and learning. The Webinar Series is designed to showcase significant transformational interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice efforts. Sign up on this website to be contacted when webinar registration becomes available.To access the webinar series, click here.

Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC)  
The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative promotes collaboration in health and education. Members include educators, policymakers, health providers, students, and citizens who are committed to changing the health care system for the better in Canada. Information about this organization's core activities is informative in learning how interprofessional collaborative structures can advance interprofessional education, collaborative practice, and research.

Collaborating Across Borders International Conferences
CAB V international conference will be hosted  by here, in collaboration with Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA on September 29 - October 2, 2015. This event, sponsored every two years by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, is the premier North American conference on educating and implementing effective health care teams. The Call for preconference workshops is now available with a deadline for submissions by October 24, 2015. For more information about preconference and other program submissions, please refer to the CAB V website here.

The CAB IV conference, which was the 4th joint conference in a series that linked Canada and the United States around interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional practice (IPP). It built upon the highly successful CAB I (University of Minnesota, October 2007), the CAB II (Dalhousie University, May 2009), and CAB III (Tucson, AZ, November 2011) meetings where educators, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and students engaged in productive dialogue regarding interprofessional education, practice, and research. CAB IV focused on the themes of interprofessional education, practice, leadership, and policy in a North American context. The conference featured best practices, showcase evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned, and provide a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking.

 Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century
This is the second in a series of publications from the Institute of Medicine's Quality of Health Care in America project. Crossing the Quality Chasm makes an urgent call for fundamental change to close the quality gap and recommends a sweeping redesign of the American health care system and provides overarching principles for specific direction for policymakers, health care leaders, clinicians, regulators, purchasers, and others.

Genomics/Genetics Curriculum (Core Competencies)This is the 3rd edition of Core Competencies in Genetics for Health Professionals based on the National Coalition for Health Professions Education in Genetics. The document reflects the experiences of those who have used the Competencies. The 2nd edition of the Competencies, published in 2005, highlighted the widespread use of these Competencies by health professionals around the world integrating genetics and genomics into a broad array of educational programs.

Interprofessional Education (IPE) Portal
The new IPE PORTAL, released December 2012 by the Association of American Medical Colleges, advances interprofessional collaborative practice education. High-quality, peer-reviewed, competency-based learning modules for interprofessional health education are now available through a new innovative online portal launched by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Based on Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, these materials are designed to provide tools to prepare tomorrow’s health professions work force for interprofessional, team-based, patient-centered, and community- and population-oriented care. Funding support was provided by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is a national organization connecting health professions for better care. The IPE PORTAL collection is open for submissions. Inquiries should be directed to

Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative 
The Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative (IPC) is comprised of 10 health care profession organizations and one assessment organization of which physical therapy is a member. This group is working to develop a "toolkit" to include a glossary of terms related to interprofessional professionalism, resources/references on this topic, and a mechanism to measure and assess interprofessional professionalism. The IPC is engaged in a two-year pilot study of the Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment and will be completing this study in September 2015.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) – Core Competencies
The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), spearheaded by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and consisting of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Dental Education Association, Association of Schools of Public Health, and the AAMC, jointly sponsored an expert panel to recommend core competencies that would prepare learners in the six professions for interprofessional collaborative practice.  The panel delivered a report which was released on May 10, 2011. The American Physical Therapy Association and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) are listed as IPEC supporting organizations given their positions in support of the current IPEC Core Competencies.

IPEC Interprofessional Faculty Institutes
The 2015 IPEC Interprofessional Faculty Institute on Interprofessional Education: Building a Framework for Collaboration is now available for faculty team-based registration. This Institute will be convened in Herndon, VA on October 7-9, 2015. To learn more about this conference click here and to register as a faculty team for this conference please click here.

The overall goal is to create faculty champions to enhance interprofessional curricula and student learning experiences in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care, through team-focused activities designing an institutional-based project. Each team should designate a single team organizer who will be responsible for submitting contact and discipline information on behalf of the entire team, including credit card payment in full for all team members. Note that registration is accepted by team only and cannot be processed without complete information and payment. The team organizer should be designated and prepared to register and submit payment for all of their team members at the point of registration.The team must include at least one member well-versed in QI/PS, one member (two preferred) representing an IPEC profession (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health), and one member who is in a position to affect curricular changes at the home institution.

Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
Taking inspiration from the 2010 IOM report, The Future of Nursing, and the 2010 Lancet Commission report on interdependent health professional education for the 21st century, the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education seeks to apply an ongoing, multinational, multidisciplinary approach to exploring promising innovations in health education. The Forum brings together stakeholders from a variety of professions and sectors to engage in discussion to illuminate contemporary issues in health professional education. Additionally, the Forum provides an ongoing, innovative mechanism to cultivate new ideas through global, multidisciplinary collaboratives, which represent formal partnerships between university-based health institutions that are undertaking recommendations put forward in either the 2010 Lancet Commission report or the Future of Nursing report. The 4 innovation collaboratives are located in Canada, India, South Africa, and Uganda.

The IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education hosts two meetings annually (April and September) in Washington, DC that are open to the public with an option for either in-person registration (limited space) or viewing the webcast live at the Institute of Medicine. Physical therapy is represented at the IOM Global Forum by two members from ACAPT. Publications are developed as a result of these forums that are available for free from IOM. A recent report (April 2015) on Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education (IPE) on Collaborative Practice on Patient Outcomes was released. The next Forum is scheduled for September 14-15, 2015 so look got more information about this Global Forum here.

  National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
"The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NEXUS) is a public-private partnership (awarded by HRSA) that contributes to the transformation of health care by identifying ways to improve health, enhance patient care and control costs through integrating interprofessional practice and education. By rigorously aligning and integrating the needs and interests of health professions education with practice, the center aims to create a transformational "nexus" to incubate ideas, define the field, guide program development and research. The work of the Center is focused on five core domains: leadership; collaborative practice and health system transformation; education and training; research, evaluation and scholarship; and innovative and novel models." The National Center for IPE's website provides a plethora of resources that include free Webinar series, national data center repository, IPECP measurement instruments, forums and discussions with opportunities for collaboration, real stories about the implementation of IPECP with patients, students, networking with experts and organizations, and much more!

ACAPT National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC)
The National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC) was created to advance physical therapy as an integral component of interprofessional education and practice through collaboration with other organizations nationally and internationally.  The Objectives of NIPEC include a) Disseminating information on IPE among physical therapy education programs; b)Providing a mechanism for engaging academic and clinical educators to address matters related to integration of interprofessional education into academic physical therapy; c) Fostering a culture of innovation, intellectual engagement, and leadership among faculty in interprofessional education; d) Facilitating collaboration with other health professions educational programs for education, practice and scholarly activity related to interprofessional education; e) Developing mechanisms for enabling entry-level physical therapists to meet the core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice; g) Disseminating information related to interprofessional collaborative practice to the physical therapy community; and h) Serving as a resource related to interprofessional collaboration to the APTA. For more information on how to become a member of NIPEC, please contact the Chair, Cheryl Resnik, PT, DPT.

  PT 2011 Preconference Course: Interprofessional Professionalism: All Aboard!
This preconference course is available online in the APTA Learning Center and is FREE to members! This one-day interprofessional course targeted various health professions' faculties to facilitate and advance Interprofessional Education within the academy. You will have an opportunity to learn from renowned experts in the field on Interprofessional Education (IPE), gain practical lessons and insights from four US academic institutions (Thomas Jefferson University, University of South Florida, St Louis University, Western University) that have implemented Interprofessional Education, and design strategies to implement and enhance IPE within your academic institution!

Team-based Competencies: Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice
This is a companion report to the IPEC Core Competencies whose development was sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. This report was the result of a conference held in February 2011 to preview the core competencies presented by IPEC, and to create action strategies that would use them to "transform health professional education and health care delivery in the United States." Physical therapist professional programs may wish to review and consider how these team-based competencies could be applied in bridging education and clinical practice communities.

WHO Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice
The Journal of Interprofessional Care published in the September 2010 issue a number of papers related to the WHO Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (World Health Organization)

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