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Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education and Evaluation (JCIPE)

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This spring marks an exciting time for JCIPE as we prepare to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a center for interprofessional education. Ten years ago, students across our six colleges rarely interacted; IPE was a fairly new and often misunderstood term on campus. Now, a decade later, Jefferson has embraced a culture where IPE and collaborative practice are expected, welcomed and increasingly integrated across the learning continuum, from first year students to seasoned providers. This spring, we graduated our ninth cohort of Jefferson Health Mentors Program students, developed three new advanced IPE electives, compiled a comprehensive inventory of IPE programming on campus that now includes 18 core and advanced programs, and introduced a new transcript certification for Excellence in Collaborative Practice that will be available to students who demonstrate “proficiency” in collaborative care in Fall 2017. Later this spring, the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (JIEP) will publish a special edition featuring works from the October 2016 JCIPE biannual conference and co-edited by Malcolm Cox, MD, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and our own Elena Umland, PharmD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, Jefferson College of Pharmacy and Co-Director, Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education. Additionally, after validation of the “Team” Jefferson Teamwork Observation Guide (JTOG) was finalized last year, we have now completed rigorous study of the “patient” version and have several publications pending. With the help of our IT teams at Jefferson, we are also thrilled to announce that the final touches on the JTOG “app” are nearly done! We believe the app, which incorporates the voice of the patient and family member (or support person) as well as students and providers as part of teamwork assessment and will enable national benchmarking of collaborative practice behaviors, will be available for dissemination this summer. A case study of the JTOG will be featured in the upcoming release of Practical Guide: Volume Four from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, entitled Assessing Teamwork: Stories from the Field.

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