Keys to Successful Implementation of Interprofessional Education: Learning Location, Faculty Development, and Curricular Themes

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Submitted by Sarah Westberg on May 13, 2015 - 1:14pm CDT

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Journal Article

Although there is evidence to support implementing interprofessional education (IPE) in the health sciences, widespread implementation in health professions education is not yet a reality. Challenges include the diversity in location and settings of schools and colleges, i.e., many are not located within an academic health center.

Faculty members may not have the necessary skill set for teaching in an IPE environment. Certain topics or themes in a pharmacy curriculum may be more appropriate than others for teaching in an IPE setting. This paper offers solutions to teaching IPE in diverse settings, the construct for implementing a faculty development program for IPE, and suggested curricular topics with their associated learning objectives, potential teaching methods, and timelines for implementation.

Author(s): 
Shauna M. Buring PharmD, Alok Bhushan PhD, Gayle Brazeau PhD, Susan Conway PharmD, Laura Hansen PharmD, and Sarah Westberg PharmD
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