Forum Session

Building the Health Care Team: Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice
May 15, 2015


Lisa Sprague, MBA


A core element of the delivery system transformation sought by many in the United States is patient-centered care delivered by teams of trained professionals. Teams may be formed and learn to function well in the course of medical practice, but most agree that they have a better chance of achieving effective and efficient operation if team members are trained together. Interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives are not new, but they have gained traction in recent years. Quite a few universities, most prominently those that constitute the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education's Nexus Innovations Incubator Network, have committed to the organizational and cultural changes necessary to permit aspiring doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals to learn together and to practice collaboratively from the start. This Forum session reviewed the development, progress, and ongoing challenges of IPE, and participants heard from two universities about their strategies to implement IPE and to translate shared learning into practice.


George Thibault, MD (bio)
President, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, MBA, MACP (bio)
Executive Vice President & Provost, Oregon Health & Science University

Benjamin Reynolds, PA-C (bio)
Director, Office of Advanced Practice Providers, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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