Interprofessional Education

What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

“…when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care.” – Barr H & Low H


BUSM Interprofessional Activities

  • 1st Year:
    • Day in the Life program with nurses at the VA
    • Essentials of Public Health: case-based IPE curriculum
  • 2nd Year:
    • Disease & Therapy Course: Physician Assistant Students and Medical Students collaborate in small group discussions
    • Integrated Problems 2: Medical Students and Physician Assistant Students work together to investigate a clinical case
  • 3rd Year Clerkships:
    • Ob/Gyn: Medical students paired with midwives
    • Surgery Clerkship: Nurses teach MS3 to scrub
    • Family Medicine Clerkship: Curry College Nursing students collaborate with medical students in a simulated clinical case
  • 4th Year Clerkships:
    • Geriatrics: Dental students teach MS4 about oral health
    • Geriatrics: Nursing students and medical students colloborate on home visits


Barr H & Low H. The definitions and principles of interprofessional education. January 2011. Available at
Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. A national interprofessional competency framework. Feb, 2010. Available at
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. 2011. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Available at .
Oregon Health & Science University. Interprofessional education glossary. Available at .