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


Interprofessional Education (IPE) Grand Rounds is an innovative student-run initiative designed specifically to increase the clinical relevance of IPE for all health professions students. By creating new opportunities for students from medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, couple and family therapy, physician assistant and pharmacy to interact with health professionals who are actively participating in interprofessional work environments, the IPE Grand Rounds program allows students to develop a more complete picture of what it means to be a member of a collaborative practice team. During these sessions, students and panelists discuss both the benefits of working with team members from professions other than their own, as well as the real-world challenges they face in practice. While exploration of the effectiveness of IPE Grand Rounds in helping medical and other health professions students achieve IPE core competencies is currently underway, initial positive feed-back indicates that this extracurricular experience may help to bridge the gap between interprofessional education curricula and collaborative practice.