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Registration Now Open for Inaugural IPEC Webinar

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is proud to announce its inaugural IPEC Webinar Series aimed at highlighting trends and activities in interprofessional education for collaborative practice. This free, dynamic IPEC Webinar Series will be hosted by AACN and is open to all AACN members and non-members. Join us for the inaugual webinar on Thursday, March 9  at 2:00 pm (ET) titled IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: The Journey from 2011-2016to hear the first panelists of the series, Dr. Madeline H. Schmitt and Ms. Ruth Gaare Bernheim, share their perspectives and insights on the development and expansion of the IPEC core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice. This is an opportunity for health professions and partner faculty, students, and practitioners to learn valuable information on the principles of the interprofessional competencies. The webinar is free, but advance registration is required. Stay tuned to www.ipecollaborative.com for future webinars!

IPEC Welcomes New Members

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has approved five additional members through a new institutional membership category, expanding its representation of associations of schools of the health professions to 20. The newest members of IPEC include:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)
  • Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)

Read the full press release or for more information about IPEC, visit www.ipecollaborative.org.


Registration Now Open for the Spring 2017 IPEC Institute

Online registration is now open for the next IPEC Faculty Development Institute on May 3-5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Faculty teams are invited to come together for a guided learning experience, team-based planning activities and dedicated time to create actionable plans for implementing projects that advance interprofessional curricula, clinical training and population health experiences, and student assessment. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum number of registrants for the institute is achieved. Register your team!

Now Available Core Competencies for Interprofessional Practice 2016

IPEC announced the release of an updated version of the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, which will have a far-reaching impact on how health and partner professionals are educated and how they practice. First published in 2011, the IPEC core competency document has helped to frame the national dialogue on the need for interprofessional education and practice as a catalyst for improving team-based patient care and enhancing population health outcomes. 

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Announces Expansion

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has approved nine additional members through a new institutional membership category, expanding its representation of associations of schools of the health professions to 15.

Proposals Sought for Lifelong Learning in Interprofessional Education Program

AACN and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in support of the AAMC/AACN Lifelong Learning in Interprofessional Education initiative, are soliciting proposals for educational resources that address the specific needs for teaching health care quality improvement and patient safety to learners from all health professions and across the educational continuum. Four proposals will be selected for a $2,500 award to support development and will be available through MedEdPORTAL®.

AACN Joins Roundtable Discussion on Professionalism

On April 8, AACN Director of Special Projects Kathy McGuinn participated in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and moderated by Jody Frost, Lead Academic Affairs Specialist and Program Director, Education Leadership Institute Fellowship at APTA. The theme of the discussion was “Multidisciplinary Health Professionals Discuss Professionalism and Interprofessional Professionalism.” A link to the video discussion can be found on APTA’s Web site: www.apta.org/Educators/Curriculum/Interprofessional.

AACN Advances Nursing's Role in Interprofessional Education

Core Competencies for interprofessional Collaborative Practice

Team-Based Competencies, Building a Shared Foundation for Education and Clinical Practice

AACN, Health Educators, Foundations Release Competencies and Action Strategies for Interprofessional   


Resource links

Interprofessional Professionalism Collaborative - a coalition of eleven leading health professions organizations including AACN, maintains a Web site to share news and resources with faculty about the group’s ongoing work to assess and measure professionalism across all members of the healthcare team.