Developing a Culture for Interprofessional Education: A Case Study
Adoption of interprofessional education across a university campus requires significant culture change at many levels. Without sustained commitment from senior leadership and key faculty champions, culture change is unlikely and IPE programs may not be sustained. Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) is a health sciences university affiliated with a major academic health center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. TJU made a major commitment to interprofessional education in 2007, when the Jefferson InterProfessional Education Center (JCIPE) was established. Using the Culture Change Model of Kezar and Eckel as a framework, and TJU and JCIPE as an exemplar case study, the presenters will describe key learning, faculty, and organizational focused factors that have contributed to sustained IPE success. They will also address how faculty and students have developed curriculum and IPE evaluation strategies designed to support five core strategies to support successful change in academic institutions.