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Interprofessional Collaborative Education

The Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork (ICE-T) at Penn State College of Medicine offers a variety of programs to support faculty and staff facilitators involved in interprofessional education.

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Interprofessional Education Resources for Faculty

College of Medicine Faculty Development Events Expand answer

Whether new to academic medicine or an experienced clinicians, all faculty and staff benefit from some faculty development before leading an interprofessional education activity. In these events, the Office of Interprofessional Collaborative Education and Teamwork (ICE-T) strives to create an environment where respect is demonstrated at all times. Establishing a safe space starts with the facilitator.

To support faculty and staff facilitators, ICE-T offers a number of different opportunities, depending on the activity that will be facilitated.

Monthly Events

In monthly events, the ICE-T team provides access to case materials and online video modules explaining the use of the assessment rubric for new facilitators.

Annual Events

Annual events include a one-hour training the week before an interprofessional education (IPE) activity. This training is recorded and posted on Mediasite for those unable to attend.

For example, facilitator training for the fall event introduces IPE competencies to facilitators and outlines the activities and expectations for students, as well as the responsibilities of the facilitator.

In addition, faculty and staff view video modules to help further facilitation skills by showing examples of both incorrect and ideal facilitation. A variety of questioning styles are presented as examples.

This training also uses video modules to demonstrate desirable and undesirable interprofessional behaviors on the part of students, which provides faculty with opportunities to practice applying the assessment procedures and providing feedback to learners.

Simulation IPE

Facilitator training for the Simulation IPE begins with a hands-on team activity on IPE competencies, followed by an overview of what facilitators should expect from the students during the simulation.

The Simulation Center staff use interactive methods to demonstrate creative ways to ask insightful questions and debrief learners, which faculty/staff participants practice.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

The main facilitator training opportunity offered at Penn State College of Medicine is “Getting Started: An Interprofessional Education/Practice Workshop for Health Care Educators and Providers.” This two-day workshop provides tools for participants who wish to design and implement their own interprofessional education project.

When applying to attend the workshop, participants must submit a project proposal as a team with other interprofessional partners. Participants are encouraged to attend the workshop as a team.

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Describe IPE theory, tenets, activities and assessments across the learning continuum (from academia to practice).
  • Champion cultural changes within educational and health systems.
  • Initiate plans to lead and sustain meaningful IPE and collaborative practice.
  • Apply best practices for IPE activity development to a specified project plan.

Past participants have included nurses, physicians, attorneys, psychologists, pharmacologists and educators.

Sessions offered at past Getting Started events include:

  • Basic Principles of Adult Education
  • Core Concepts of IPE: Communication
  • Core Concepts of IPE: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Core Concepts of IPE: Teamwork
  • Core Concepts of IPE: Values and Ethics
  • Debriefing
  • Evidence for Faculty Development in IPE
  • Evidence to Support IPE
  • Exemplar of Interprofessional Practice
  • Integrative Objectives
  • Kotter’s Eight Steps to Change
  • Outcomes/Assessment/Evaluation
  • Project Planning Format
Interprofessional Education Incentive Award Expand answer

The Interprofessional Education Incentive Award provides an opportunity for Penn State and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to enhance patient care experiences by developing and implementing new initiatives that bring learners from different disciplines together to work and learn collaboratively.

Funds are for projects of one year in duration. Applicants must agree to submit an interim and final progress report for their project, present a poster at EdVenture and contribute a project template to the “IPE toolbox” to disseminate their activity and outcomes to others.

The next call for award will be issued in 2019.

See details on 2017 recipient

National and International Interprofessional Education Events Expand answer

All Together Better Health

All Together Better Health is a global interprofessional education and collaborative practice conference under the direction of The World Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Coordinating Committee. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to discuss ideas and devise and test strategies that will improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities across the world.

Learn more about All Together Better Health

Collaborating Across Borders

Collaborating Across Borders is a North American interprofessional health care education and collaborative practice conference. It links educators, researchers, practitioners, students and patients from Canada and the United States in essential discussions around interprofessional health care education, practice, leadership and policy in North America. The conference series is held biennially and travels between the United States and Canada.

Learn more about Collaborating Across Borders

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)

IPEC works in collaboration with academic institutions to promote, encourage and support efforts to prepare future health professionals so that they enter the workforce ready to help ensure the health of individuals and populations. Fall and spring institutes are offered annually.

Learn more about IPEC

Nexus Summit

Nexus Summit brings together a growing community of health professionals and educators who are committed to a future in healthcare where interprofessional teams improve the health of individuals and the communities where they live. Attendees discover new models, question existing boundaries and are challenged to think in creative ways.

Learn more about Nexus Summit


The Train-the-Trainer Interprofessional Faculty Development Program develops collaborative teams to transform health care education and practice with an in-person experiential education program and one year of consulting. It is an immersive leadership training program for teams who want to learn how to design and implement effective interprofessional education and collaborative practice projects at their institutions.

Learn more about Train-the-Trainer

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American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC)

The American Interprofessional Health Collaborative aims to rebuild capacity for interprofessional education and care in the United States through an inclusive, evidence-based and open exchange of information and resources. It offers a webinar series for leaders committed to systems transformation through interprofessional collaboration.

Learn more about AIHC

Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)

The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education is a UK-based organization that promotes health and well-being and improves the health and social care of the public by advancing interprofessional education. It provides resources, including reports, articles, online education and presentations.

Learn more about CAIPE

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative develops core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice as well as learning modules for health professional education.

Learn more about IPEC

Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education

The center aims to improve interprofessional care through patient-centered education. It offers resources such as interactive workshops, national and international reports, videos and curricula.

Learn more about the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education

National Center for Interprofessional Education

This public-private partnership provides leadership, evidence and resources to guide the nation on the use of interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a way to enhance the experience of health care, improve population health and reduce the overall cost of care. The center aligns interprofessional education and collaborative practice with transforming health care delivery.

Learn more about the National Center for Interprofessional Education

University of Kansas Center for Interprofessional Education

The Center for Interprofessional Education at the University of Kansas promotes collaboration among different health professionals to prepare future doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health technicians for their careers in health care. Its resources include a family medicine interprofessional teaching clinic and pediatric interprofessional simulation.

Learn more about the University of Kansas Center for Interprofessional Education

University of Washington Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice

The Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education at the University of Washington promotes the health of individuals and the public by advancing interprofessional collaboration. Its resources include a library, learning modules and simulation resources.

Learn more about the University of Washington Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice