History of IPE at KUMC

Our efforts to introduce Interprofessional Education (IPE) began with pilots across the schools at KUMC. IPE simulations began with the School of Nursing and medical students from pediatrics in 2010 and 2011. An interprofessional graduate level classroom experience was created for the Geriatrics Champions Program and an IPE family practice clinical experience involving multiple health professions.

In June 2011, a retreat was planned with representatives from all health professions schools, Graduate Medical Education and KU Hospital. This event was funded by the Reynolds Grant and hosted by the Landon Center on Aging. The goal was to bring together key stakeholders to network about IPE, focus our strategic priorities for IPE and determine a plan for moving our efforts forward.

In 2011, Dr. Heidi Chumley was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Resources and Interprofessional Education and a Program Director was hired in 2012 to help formalize the CIPES strategic plan and move the program components forward. Core planning teams were formed with representation from each of the health professions schools, hospital, graduate medical education, including students to begin designing the overall mission, goals and curricular activity planning in March of 2012. These individuals are our foundational leaders and continue their dedicated efforts to promoting interprofessional learning and collaboration today.

The future

Future opportunities for increasing the number of IPE events available to KUMC students are underway:

  • KUMC will offer our Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration: Introduction to TeamSTEPPS to all first year students on Janaury 23rd, 2015.
  • Our efforts are expanding through curricular offerings with the help of funding through a new Reynolds Grant.
  • Funding from a Macy Grant will expand IPE Faculty Development program at KUMC and beyond to 5 additional sites to enhance IPE in clinical practice settings across the state of Kansas and beyond.
  • KUMC will join the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education through the University of Minnesota as the eleventh Incubator Site.

To learn more about IPE, contact Kristy Johnston at 913-588-1634 or kjohnston3@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Apr 15, 2014
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