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Interprofessional Education

Office of Interprofessional Education

Office of Interprofessional Education
Weiskotten Hall
766 Irving Avenue 
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315-464-3915
Email: [email protected]

The Office of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at Upstate Medical University promotes the development of teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills for learners within each of our four colleges.  We support Upstate Medical University’s goal of furthering the Interprofessional Education Collaborative’s (IPEC) four core competencies of IPE for all of our learners:  

  1. Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values. (Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice)
  2. Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations. (Roles/Responsibilities) 
  3. Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease. (Interprofessional Communication) 
  4. Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable. (Teams and Teamwork) 

(From the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update”) 

Why IPE?

Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs

“when students from two or more professions engage in learning with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.”

World Health Organization, 2010

IPE is a foundation for future collaborative practice and team-based care. There are clear links between IPE and improved patient and healthcare quality outcomes. Highly effective teams and team members demonstrate excellence in both the technical aspects (knowing how to complete their responsibilities) and the non-technical (communication, conflict management, and teamwork) aspects of care.

Two students conversing in an open setting
Students conversing in classroom setting

Mission & Vision


Our mission is to support teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills in Upstate’s educational programs. IPE in turn supports the interprofessional collaborative practice and the Triple Aim of healthcare:

  • Better patient outcomes
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Reduced costs
  • Reducing care provider burnout
  • Health equity


Our vision is that all Upstate students, faculty, and staff will be widely recognized for their readiness and success in interprofessional collaborative practice. 

The Upstate Medical University Office of Interprofessional Education works to co-create interprofessional learning opportunities with significant input from faculty, staff, and students.  

We continuously review and assess our programming to improve our offerings and work to create scholarship that advance the field of Interprofessional Education. 

Research & Resources

These national and international organizations, journals, and resources provide a wealth of research-based insight for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

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Interprofessional Organizations

Interprofessional Education Collaborative

Composed of fifteen US health profession education associations of schools of the health professions, IPEC promotes organizational efforts that advance interprofessional learning experiences.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

The National Center offers and supports evaluation, research, data and evidence that ignites the field of interprofessional practice and education and leads to better care, added value and healthier communities.

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

World Health Organization Department of Human Resources for Health

 The mission of the WHO Department of Human Resources for Health is to further community and global health through the development and dissemination of high-quality, equitable healthcare.

World Health Organization Department of Human Resources for Health

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IHI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of improvement science, person and family-centered care, patient safety, quality cost and value in healthcare delivery, and the achievement of the Triple Aim.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE)

NCICLE provides a forum for organizations committed to improving the educational experience and patient care outcomes within clinical learning environments. NCICLE seeks to improve the quality of learning and patient care within CLEs through shared learning and collaborative practice among its member organizations.

National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE)

Interprofessional Journals

These journals publish articles whose main focus is interprofessional education and collaborative practice. 

Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice 

Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice is a quarterly online-only journal that provides innovative ideas for interprofessional educators and practitioners through peer-reviewed articles and reports.  

Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice  

The Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education

The Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education is an open-access journal that disseminates theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and evidence-based knowledge to inform interprofessional practice, education, and research to improve health care delivery, quality of care, and health status for individuals, families, and communities. 

The Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education

Journal of Interprofessional Care 

Journal of Interprofessional Care disseminates research and new developments in the field of interprofessional education and practice. Articles have an explicit interprofessional focus and involvie a range of settings, professions, and fields. Areas of practice covered include primary, community and hospital care, health education and public health, and beyond health and social care into fields such as criminal justice and primary/elementary education. 

Journal of Interprofessional Care 

Interprofessional Videos

Below are some videos that discuss interprofessional education and how it benefits healthcare in general.

Center for Medical Simulation webinar on broaching race and racism
Cleveland Clinic - Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care

Interprofessional Assessment Resources

Meet Our Team

Meet the Upstate Interprofessional Education Leadership Team

The Upstate IPE Leadership Team exists to serve the interests of all healthcare professionals and provides support such as:  

  • Pilots and implements innovative programs and experiences to meet evolving learner and accreditation needs
  • Consults with faculty and staff to provide quality IPE experiences
  • Collects data from IPE learning events to continually measure and improve learning outcomes for faculty, staff, and students
  • Collaborates with area colleges and university programs on IPE initiatives to enhance learning opportunities