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Interprofessional Education: Collaboration and Learning in Action

Stephanie H. Felgoise, PhD; Jeffrey Branch, EdD; Ashley Poole, MA, MS; Laura Levy, DHSc, PA-C; and Michael Becker, DO, MS
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Received: March 10, 2019

Accepted: April 23, 2019

Published: September 1, 2019

J Osteopath Med; 119(9): 612-619

Interprofessional education (IPE) is necessary to ensure that future health care professionals are prepared to provide holistic, patient-centered prevention programs, assessments, diagnoses, treatment plans, and chronic illness management in a collaborative manner. Accrediting bodies such as the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and the American Psychological Association newly require programs to implement instruction and evaluate IPE core competency development in each year of their programs. The IPE core team at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has designed, implemented, and tested an IPE core course over the past 2 years that includes students in osteopathic medicine, clinical psychology, mental health counseling, and physician assistant programs. Throughout this process, the IPE core team has identified strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. Cultural considerations, institutional resources, pedagogy for large interdisciplinary groups at different stages of training, and technology and assessment tools for student and course evaluation are all critical considerations.

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