Strategies for Launching a Successful IPE program

Presented by Amy Blue on January 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Implementing interprofessional education (IPE) activities and establishing an IPE program can appear daunting. Known challenges include issues of leadership commitment, faculty and student buy-in, coordination across programs, academic calendars and class schedules, faculty development, and resources. Based upon the literature and the experience of one academic health science center, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), this session will discuss successful strategies for launching a sustainable IPE program at an academic health center. Unique to the MUSC IPE program is the inclusion of biomedical graduate studies students. An example program implementation framework and conceptual learning model with associated student learning goals will be presented. Required IPE student learning experiences, extra-curricular IPE experiences, and faculty development activities will be highlighted. Student assessment and program evaluation approaches will be briefly discussed. The objectives for the session are:

  1. Discuss strategies for IPE program implementation
  2. Describe IPE curricular activities
  3. Identify how IPE can be included in the extra-curricular environment
  4. Discuss faculty development approaches
  5. Identify IP student assessment and program evaluation approaches

This webinar will inform other institutions embarking on the development of IPE activities and establishment of a program possible approaches for their own efforts.

Presenter Bios

Amy V. Blue, PhDDr. Blue is the Assistant Provost for Education and Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, South Carolina. As Assistant Provost, she is responsible for the university’s interprofessional education initiative, Creating Collaborative Care (C3). She holds a doctorate in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and completed a NIMH Post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. She has been involved in medical education for over 17 years and served as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Evaluation at the MUSC College of Medicine for nearly 7 years before moving to her current position. She is a founding member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, a newly organized collaborative for leaders in interprofessional education and practice, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Dr. Blue served as a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel that wrote the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Report in 2011.