Posted: September 28, 2018

IPE: New Partners, New Methods, New Learning


Our project aimed to introduce new partners to IPE concepts and, engage them in interprofessional skill building. Health Promotion, Exercise Science, Nutrition, GeroPsychology and Nurse practitioner students participated. An introductory (online) course, 4 case workshops, and 2 Simulation sessions, were created, launched and evaluated AY 2017-18. Case content focused on aging, chronic disease management, and lifestyle change; a focus motivated by the challenge of the aging populations’ increased longevity and chronic disease burden. Rather than having an acute care focus, team work focused on prioritizing and planning for non-acute care. Formative and summative evaluation resulted in many lessons learned. Participants’ knowledge of their own & one another’s scopes of practice increased and, a culture of mutual respect and cooperation was created. However, confidence in challenging one another’s viewpoints on treatment recommendations and program planning was more difficult to generate. IPE competencies are best achieved using an incremental approach. Recommendations include: 1. Scaffold knowledge and skills throughout program components. 2. More interdisciplinary coursework early-on and content knowledge specific to the target population are also needed to increase confidence in interdisciplinary teamwork.


IPE, Teamwork, Nurse Practitioner students, IPEC Faculty Development Conference Presentations, Nutrition students, Health Promotion students, Chronic disease management, Primary care, Geropsychology students, Exercise Science students, Non-traditional partners


Mary Ann Kluge, PhD, International Society of Aging and Physical Activity (ISAPA), College of Sports Medicine

Lynn Phillips, PhD, AACN

Sara H. Qualls PhD, American Psychological Association

Amy L. Silva-Smith, PhD, AACN