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Interprofessional Education Collaborative launched

ADEA, five other associations will focus on patient-centered care

March 05, 2012

Dr. Valachovic

Washington—The American Dental Education Association is one of six national health profession associations that have joined together to form the Interprofessional Education Collaborative.

The new national organization will focus on better integrating and coordinating the education of nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals and other members of the patient health care team to provide more collaborative and patient-centered care, said a Feb. 15 press release.

“The movement toward collaborative, patient-centered care is driving rapid change within oral health care and other health professions,” said Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, ADEA executive director. “ADEA is committed to supporting academic dental institutions as they reshape their curricula to better prepare students for practicing under this rapidly evolving paradigm. To that end, ADEA views IPEC as a unique opportunity to better oral health care, and we are pleased to be one of the founding organizations of the collaborative.”

Other founding member organizations include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Schools of Public Health.

IPEC will formalize the collaborative work that began three years ago and led to the release of a May 2011 report, “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice” (available online at (PDF)

This document identified individual-level core competencies needed by all health professionals to provide integrated, high quality care.

In May, IPEC will sponsor its first faculty development institute, “Building Your Foundation for Interprofessional Education,” enabling faculty from across the health professions to meet with peers in plenary and interactive learning sessions focused on building strong programs for team-based learning.