Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Education at the Center

IPE Program Goals

To improve patient/client care and population health in the communities they serve, learners in CIPE’s integrated, longitudinal interprofessional curriculum will:

  1. Communicate in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach. (Communication)
  2. Apply collaborative leadership practices that support practice and team effectiveness. (Leadership & Teamwork Skills)
  3. Work in a patient/client-centered interprofessional team to create and maintain a climate of collaboration, mutual respect and trust. (Values/Ethics)
  4. Leverage the personal abilities & characteristics and professional expertise of each individual to optimize team function. (Roles & Responsibilities)

The core curriculum will occur within a lifelong learning community (students, educators & practitioners) delivering services as a team, as articulated by the CIPE mission, vision and values; and will focus primarily on teamwork and leadership needed for interprofessional practice. More information on our IPE Program Goals can be found here.

What is Interprofessional Practice and Education?

Traditionally these terms have been defined as:

  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.
  • Interprofessional Practice occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care.

-Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice,
World Health Organization, 2010

However, the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education has developed a definition of the "New" IPE which encompasses both practice and education:

  • Interprofessional practice and education (IPE) creates a shared space between interprofessional education, interprofessional practice and collaborative practice.
  • It is NOT about education for education's sake. It's about improving health, creating support systems and trying different models of practice. It intentionally supports people--including health professionals, health workers, students, residents, patients, families and communities--to learn together every day to enhance collaboration and improve health outcomes while reducing costs.


Our Additions to the 'New IPE' Definition

IPE is bi-directional and includes at least two professions in a shared synchronous or asynchronous learning experience. We agree that some foundational knowledge can be taught uniprofessionally first and then reinforced interprofessionally.