Guidance on developing quality interprofessional education for the health professions
Review / Summary:
This guidance is not intended to replace or subsume individual HPAC members’ accreditation standards for IPE, nor is it intended for accreditors to have identical IPE standards. While maintaining individual accreditor’s autonomy, the document seeks to encourage increased communication and collaboration and to provide guidance on expectations related to quality IPE. To guide institutions with programs accredited by HPAC members that have endorsed this guidance (endorsing HPAC members), support individuals charged with implementing IPE, and facilitate communication and collaboration across accreditors, this document:
Offers consensus terminology and definitions for interprofessional education (IPE) and related concepts to guide plans for developing, implementing and evaluating IPE;
Encourages institutional leaders to develop a systematic approach to foster IPE in their own institution and, where appropriate, with collaborating academic institutions, health systems, and community partners;
Provides a framework (rationale, goals, deliberate design, and assessment and evaluation) for program leaders and faculty to develop a plan for quality IPE;
Provides opportunities for HPAC member accreditation boards/commissions to utilize the guidance to assess their IPE standards and to train site visit teams regarding essential elements of quality IPE.