Four Themes to Enhanced Interprofessional Education Integration: Lessons Learned from Early Implementation and Curricular Redesign

  • Margaret de Voest Ferris State University
  • Lisa Meny Ferris State University
  • Kali VanLangen Ferris State University
  • Susan DeVuyst-Miller Ferris State University
  • Lisa Salvati Ferris State University
  • David Bright Ferris State University
  • Jodie Elder Ferris State University
  • Kari Vava Ferris State University
Keywords: Interprofessional education, simulation, curricular development, multidisciplinary, pharmacy education


With the release of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Standards 2016, interprofessional education (IPE) has become more formalized and needs to be embedded into the curricula of colleges and schools of pharmacy. While IPE is not new to the practice and training of pharmacists, the call for IPE has become more robust over the last several years creating challenges to widespread implementation. The purpose of this Case Study Report is to describe a twelve-year progression of IPE implementation at a college of pharmacy without an academic medical center. Focused strategies for the development, integration, and expansion of IPE are provided through the context of four themes: working through program differences; collaborators and effective collaboration; attention to implementation planning; and prebriefing and debriefing. Each theme is defined and reviewed using specific examples and lessons learned. Finally, in consideration of the ACPE Standards 2016, potential next steps are discussed.


Type: Case Study


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Received 2016-06-16
Published 2016-06-16