Interprofessional education (IPE) is a priority at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).
President Jay A. Perman, MD, established an interdisciplinary clinic in 2010 and named faculty members to a collaborative task force. UMB acted on their recommendations to launch the Center for Interprofessional Education.
The Team-Based Model
The center advances the president’s vision for preparing all UMB students to provide high-quality, affordable health care and human services within a team-based model.
Its establishment also carries out goals of the UMB Strategic Plan for 2011-2016.
Center for Interprofessional Education Leaders
The Center for Interprofessional Education is directed by Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, School of Nursing.
Co-directors are Heather Congdon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, assistant dean, School of Pharmacy at the Universities at Shady Grove; David Mallott, MD, associate dean, medical education, School of Medicine; and Edward Pecukonis, MSW, PhD, associate professor, School of Social Work.
The center serves “as a resource and as a connector” for IPE initiatives across UMB, according to Kirschling.
The centerpiece of these initiatives is the University’s annual IPE Day, planned and implemented by a group of faculty and staff members working across disciplines.
Improving Health Outcomes Through Collaboration
Faculty and students from across the University are engaged in IPE initiatives that support health sciences, social work, and law students learning “about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes,” says Kirschling, quoting the World Health Organization.