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Collaboration across Borders V: The Interprofessional Journey: Advancing Integration and Impact

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Roanoke, VA

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Background/Rationale: Interprofessional education (IPE) is an essential component of teamwork and collaboration as recommended by the Pew Health Professions Commission, the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and the Institute of Medicine. IPE is now mandated by accrediting organizations in healthcare education. The unique Fort Wayne Area Interprofessional Education Consortium (FWAIPEC) was formed in northeast Indiana in 2011 as a response to these recommendations and accreditation standards. FWAIPEC began with five different graduate medical education institutions representing programs for pharmacy, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, medical student and family practice residency. From a modest start serving 60 learners per activity, FWAIPEC has expanded to include occupational therapy and physical therapy from two additional universities and now serves approximately 250 students per activity. The consortium also has evolved to offer a second year curriculum. Keys to success and barriers to implementation will be discussed and examined in the session. Objectives: The threefold purpose of this workshop is to 1) Identify ways to sustain and expand IPE endeavors. 2) Discuss the obstacles to maintain and advance IPE undertakings. 3) Brainstorm ideas to solve challenges and enhance IPE efforts. Teaching Methods: During the workshop, participants will engage in a guided discussion about ways to maintain and progress IPE including examining obstacles to curriculum implementation and IPE efforts. The discussion will also include a directed exploration of the challenges that impact IPE and possible solutions to these obstacles. Participants will be encouraged to share their own opportunities, barriers, and solutions during the workshop



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Nursing Commons