The current, widespread changes taking place in health care mean that students in training today will practice in an environment very different than the one familiar to their teachers. Increasing emphasis on team-based care, the growth of innovative care models such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home, and the focus on measurable quality and safety outcomes will demand a skill set that has traditionally not been a major part of health care education. UNMC’s Interprofessional Education program seeks to provide students with these skills, allowing them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care field.
In the following pages, you will find a summary of recent developments in interprofessional education (IPE) at UNMC. By its nature, IPE requires involvement from students and educators representing all the health care disciplines. As such, it offers unique opportunities for collaboration across departments, colleges, and campuses. I hope you find it as exciting as I do to read about the numerous remarkable and creative programs already in place, as well as those currently in development.
-- Devin Nickol, MD, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education