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Interprofessional Education

What is IPE?

Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when two or more [health] professions learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.

Where is IPE?

Interprofessional education is available for students, faculty, and researchers at all Texas A&M Health Science Center colleges and campuses.

IPE Mission

The mission of Interprofessional Education is to:

  • provide faculty and students with transformative interprofessional learning experiences that support the development of skills needed for patient-centered, collaborative practice;
  • advance research and scholarly activity of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice; and
  • advance the practice of effective and efficient interprofessional team-based care to improve individual patient and population health outcomes.

This mission is aligned with the Health Science Center's mission, which is to provide "excellence in education, discovery, clinical care and health promotion" and to establish a culture of interprofessional education across all colleges and facilitate the development of interdisciplinary programs that will enhance diversity and encourage cultural competence.

IPER's mission is further aligned with the broader university mission, which is to deliver "the highest quality undergraduate and graduate programs" and foster "new understandings through research and creativity" as well as the three strategic imperatives, or "pillars," outlined by Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young:
transformational learning, discovery and innovation, and impact.

Texas A&M Health Science Center follows the educational practice domains and core competencies of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative.

IPE Learning Opportunities

Disaster Day

Disaster Day is the nation’s largest student-led interprofessional emergency response simulation. Past events have included nearly 800 student "providers" and other volunteers focused on mass casualties from hurricanes, tornados, chemical fires, explosions and wildfires.

These simulations bring interprofessional student teams together with other members of the community to diagnose, treat and care for volunteer "patients and populations."

IPER Symposium

The IPER 4 Symposium will focus on the continuum of eating disorders–complex illnesses that require an interprofessional treatment approach. The event will feature:

  • a poster session focused on interprofessional topics
  • interprofessional experts
  • interprofessional learning activities for students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, psychology and public health

Clarion Competition

Interprofessional teams of students compete by presenting a root cause analysis of a fictitious sentinel event to a panel of senior-level health executives.

The competition provides students with an opportunity to focus on issues of quality and patient safety in healthcare.

Faculty Development

The Health Science Center supports the continuous growth of faculty members as mentors and scholars.

Faculty Development provides continuing education opportunities for faculty in the areas of teaching, learning, assessment and educational leadership and scholarship.

Flu Clinics

Interprofessional teams will assist in the screening process and administering flu shots to Texas A&M faculty, staff, students, and their families at multiple sites across campus.

This fall we plan to administer more than 2500 vaccinations to protect the health of our Aggie family.

Contact IPE

Chris Kaunas, MPH

Executive Director for Interprofessional Education & Research

8441 Riverside Pkwy
Clinical Bldg. 1, Suite 3113
Bryan, TX 77807-1359
Phone: 979.436.9117
Email: ckaunas@tamhsc.edu

Kim Zemanek, PhD

IPE Program Coordinator

8441 Riverside Pkwy
Clinical Bldg. 1, Suite 3110
Bryan, TX 77807-1359
Phone: 979.436.9115
Email: kzemanek@tamhsc.edu