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Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)

Definition of Interprofessional Education1

Clear development of core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice requires a unifying concept. D'Amour and Oandasan (2005) delineated the concept of interprofessionality as part of the background work for initiatives by Health Canada to foster interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice. They defined interprofessionality as

"the process by which professionals reflect on and develop ways of practicing that provides an integrated and cohesive answer to the needs of the client / family / population... [I]t involves continuous interaction and knowledge sharing between professionals, organized to solve or explore a variety of education and care issues all while seeking to optimize the patient's participation... Interprofessionality requires a paradigm shift, since interprofessional practice has unique characteristics in terms of values, codes of conduct, and ways o fworking. These characteristics must be elucidated." (p.9)

Interprofessional (IP) Competencies for UME Curriculum

1. Understanding IP Team Roles and Professionalism

2. Working in an IP Team Environment

3. Improve Quality and Safety in Patient Care

4. Deliver Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC)


1 http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/ipecreport.pdf , p. 14