American Dental Education Association Joins
Collaboration to Better Health Care
In response to the
need for a national coordinating body focused on fostering collaborative,
patient-centered care, six national health professions education associations
have formalized their commitment to continued collaboration to advance
interprofessional education (IPE).
On February 3, 2012,
leaders from medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and public health signed a
memorandum of understanding that paves the way for creating a new nonprofit
organization called the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), as a
unique asset to the nation. IPEC’s founding organizations include the American
Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of
Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American
Dental Education Association (ADEA), the Association of American Medical
Colleges and the Association of Schools of Public Health.
“The movement toward
collaborative, patient-centered care is driving rapid change within oral health
care and other health professions,” says ADEA Executive Director Richard W.
Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H. “ADEA is committed to supporting academic dental institutions
as they reshape their curricula to better prepare students for practicing under
this rapidly evolving paradigm. To that end, ADEA views IPEC as a unique
opportunity to better oral health care, and we are pleased to be one of the
founding organizations of the collaborative,” adds Dr. Valachovic.
IPE involves shared
learning experiences among health profession students across disciplines, with
the goals of fostering collaboration on clinical teams and improving health
outcomes. Leading authorities including the World Health Organization,
Institute of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Josiah Macy Jr.
Foundation, among others, have all identified IPE as an effective way to
enhance the preparation of the health care workforce and improve care delivery.
IPEC was created to provide leadership around national initiatives focused on
IPE advancement, and to disseminate information on IPE exemplars and
collaborative practice innovations.
taking steps to incorporate as a nonprofit organization, IPEC has successfully
collaborated on a number of projects since its formation more than three years
ago. In May 2011, IPEC released the Core Competencies
for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, which identified
individual-level core competencies needed by all health professionals to
provide integrated, high-quality care. This seminal document has been
disseminated broadly to health profession schools and has sparked a wave of
implementation efforts by educators looking to prepare clinicians to meet
contemporary practice standards.
In addition, the six
IPEC organizations were approached in May 2011 to serve on the Steering
Committee of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health
Professional Education, which is set to launch later this month. Inspired in
large part by the 2010 Lancet Commission report on Health Professionals for the New Century, this forum will convene stakeholders to illuminate
issues in health professional education and support an ongoing, innovative
mechanism to incubate and evaluate new ideas. The IPEC organizations also
served as sponsors of the Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) III conference
held in November 2011, which brought together more than 750
government leaders, policy makers, health care professionals, educators, and
students with a strong interest in facilitating interprofessional health
education and practice
Looking ahead, IPEC
will sponsor its first faculty development institute on Designing an Interprofessional Curriculum: Planning, Strategies and
Successes on May 21-23, 2012, in Herndon, Va., which is located just
outside of Washington, DC. The new IPEC institute will provide faculty from
across the health professions with the opportunity to meet with peers in
plenary and interactive learning sessions focused on building strong programs
for team-based learning. Registration for the May meeting sold out almost as
soon as it opened. For program details, logistics, additional
information or to join the waitlist, visit the website for the meeting.
More information about the IPEC institute will be available on IPEC’s new
website, which is currently under construction, but will be accessible on
February 15, 2012, from the AACOM website