The Office of Interprofessional Education (IPE) prepares students to work in team settings, collaborating with clinicians and health professionals in other specialties. This approach leads to improved patient outcomes, fewer errors, and reduced organizational costs. Simply put, IPE at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prepares students to practice deliberate, high-stakes, collaborative care for a healthier Mississippi.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Interprofessional education occurs 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 (WHO), 2010. Framework for action on interprofessional education & collaborative practice. Geneva: World Health Organization.
Health care professionals commonly work primarily with others within their own medical field. The video below provides an overview of the importance of interprofessional work and emphasizes the importance of interprofessional communication, teamwork, and ethical practice.
There are four competencies that IPE emphasizes:
- Values and Ethics
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Interprofessional Communication
- Teamwork and Teams