Definition of Interprofessional Education:
Interprofessional education (IPE) is when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (World Health Organization, 2010). IPE prepares health professions students for deliberately working together in order to achieve collaborative practice, and ultimately provide high-quality, safe patient care (IPEC, 2011).
In the USA Simulation Program, health professions students are given opportunities to practice collaboratively in a variety of settings. From critically ill patient scenarios to basic clinical skills, students not only obtain the knowledge necessary to become competent health care providers, but also develop core competencies related to interprofessional collaborative practice: values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams/teamwork (IPEC, 2016).
Students and clinicians are given opportunities to take part in clinically realistic, interprofessional scenarios, as the USA Simulation Program is a multi-disciplinary training center, serving the Colleges of Allied Health, Medicine, and Nursing, as well as the entire USA Health System. Training provided by the USA Simulation Program is high-quality, evidence-based, and relevant across community and healthcare settings.