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Strategic Planning Committee

JCIPE Leadership
Lauren G. Collins, MD
Elena M. Umland, PharmD
Shoshana Sicks, EdM

DSL Facilitators
John Pourdehnad, PhD
Larry M. Starr, PhD
Tom Guggino, FISW

DSL Doctoral Students
Pamela Tull, MBA
Robyn Chin, MBA
Sylvia Liu, MSEd
Paula Smith-Benson, MSN
Raul Virella, MSA
John Ervin, MBA


Founded in 2007, the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE) is one of the premier interprofessional education centers in the U.S. Our center is dedicated to improving interprofessional care (IPC) through implementing and evaluating patient-centered education throughout the Thomas Jefferson University curriculum. We offer robust trainings and educational opportunities, provide innovative teaching models and evidence-based practices to help support emerging priorities in healthcare.

To coincide with our 10-year anniversary and the transition to new leadership, we engaged the Jefferson Doctor of Management program in Strategic Leadership (DSL) to help us to reimagine and rethink our interests and needs in the increasingly complex and changing environment. With their facilitation we drew on the experience of more than 120 JCIPE stakeholders including co-directors, staff advisors, faculty, deans, student learners, community leaders, health mentors, and patients. We adopted a system-thinking framework and applied interactive design planning methodology to create the design for an ideal center for interprofessional care. From this prototype, we created our new strategic plan, business model, and roadmap. We believe our design experience and deep understanding of IPC will lead us to an even more prominent role as a model of excellence for interprofessional and professional practice and education.