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Mission, Vision & Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

To promote excellence in healthcare through interprofessional education and scholarship.

Vision Statement

JCIPE will define the future of interprofessional care by creating a culture of collaborative educational practice, setting the standards for patient-centered care, team-based training, and becoming a national/international leader in developing evidence-base to support interprofessional education.

Five Year Strategic Plan

July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2015

Goal 1: Core Competencies
Incorporate core competencies in interprofessional care across the continuum of health professions education to ensure that everyone provides care that is high quality, safe, patient-centered, collaborative and evidence-based.


  1. Recommend and disseminate interprofessional competencies for Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) - Year 1
  2. Map existing IPE curricula to TJU/TJUH interprofessional competencies - Year 1
  3. Identify strengths and gaps to guide future curricular development - Year 1
  4. Identify and prioritize one area of shared content annually - Years 1-5
  5. Establish one new shared curricular working group per year - Years 1-5
    1. Year 1: Professionalism Forum
      1. Developing shared content around the text Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals by Peter Pronovost
      2. Promoting academic and scholarly projects to be spearheaded by Forum members
  6. Continue to increase emphasis on and exposure to patient-centered care
    1. Year 1: Expand lay representation on JCIPE committees
    2. Year 3: Implement patient/client evaluation of interprofessional clinical competencies

Goal 2: Collaborative Culture
Create a culture in which faculty, practitioners, staff and students value collaborative, interprofessional practice as the hallmark of excellent care and where interprofessional education is universally recognized as necessary to achieve optimum clinical outcomes.


  1. Support and disseminate interprofessional curricula and educational tools/strategies - Years 1-5
    1. Year 1:
      1. Major upgrade/update of JCIPE website
      2. Creation of a library of modular interprofessional curriculum (i.e. FACT Modules, GEC modules and MED-ED Portal)
    2. Year 2:
      1. Replicate Christiana's Quality and Safety Course at Thomas Jefferson University
  2. Expand use of shared university time - Years 1-3
  3. Work towards a common TJU academic calendar - Year 5
  4. Establish and promote Interprofessional Education/Care Faculty and Staff Development /Continuing Education Programs - Years 1-5
    1. Interprofessional Education and Care Practicum - Years 1-5
    2. Interprofessional Small Group Facilitation Faculty Development Program - Years 1-2
    3. Explore creation of a Certificate in Interprofessional Education - Year 4
  5. Capitalize on social networking tools to effectively promote a community of practice for interprofessional education and care
    1. Collaborate with University Student Services Committee (USSC) - Year 2
  6. Institute an interprofessional curriculum committee
  7. Promote the annual faculty award 'Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education'
    1. Obtain funding for the James Erdmann Excellence in Interprofessional Education Faculty Award - Year 1
    2. Establish award guidelines/procedures - Year 1
  8. Establish faculty promotion and tenure guidelines valuing interprofessional education and care (analogous to recognition of interdisciplinary team research) - Years 2-3
    1. Year 1 - Letters of recognition to individuals and their Supervisors/Chairs/Deans
  9. Establish employee evaluation/promotion guidelines valuing interprofessional education and care - Years 2-3
    1. Year 1 - Letters of recognition to individuals and their Supervisors/Chairs/Deans

Goal 3: New Learning Environments
Create innovative learning environments that support interprofessional education including state-of-the-art technologies, use of clinical skills and simulation strategies, novel team-based clinical placements and creative solutions to institutional and accreditation barriers.


  1. Utilize technology to advance educational opportunities - Years 1-5
    1. Year 1: Incorporate Wikis, discussion boards and Skype into the Health Mentors Program (HMP)
  2. Expand online and hybrid learning - Years 1-5
    1. Year 1: Pilot on-line learning communities with HMP
  3. Expand, improve and sustain interprofessional small group learning opportunities - Years 1-5
    1. Year 1: Interprofessional Professionalism small group
  4. Expand interprofessional education in the clinical skills center and simulation environment - Years 1-5
    1. Year 1: Develop additional scenarios using Hamilton Skills (team clinical skills assessment) checklist
    2. Year 1: Support opportunities for team training in Clinical Skills Center
  5. Establish interprofessional clinical placements - Years 1-5
    1. Year 1: Plan team training for medical and nursing students at TJUH
  6. Develop and disseminate common tools for assessing interprofessional competencies in clinical settings - Years 2-3
  7. Enhance interprofessional service learning/volunteer opportunities - Years 1-5
    1. Jeff Hope
    2. Bridging the Gaps
    3. Refugee experience
    4. Student organization groups
    5. Other

Goal 4: National Leader
Become a national and international leader in efforts to develop interprofessional education through leadership in interprofessional scholarship, evaluation and research.


  1. Increase peer reviewed and invited lectureships - Years 1-5
  2. Disseminate new knowledge through: - Years 1-5
    1. Publications
      1. JCIPE Newsletter - Years 1-5
      2. Sponsor writing workshops for Jefferson faculty/staff to facilitate/ promote scholarship -
        Year 1
    2. Presentations - Years 1-5
    3. Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Care conference - Year 4 (October 10-12, 2014)
  3. Develop, implement and report on improved evaluation strategies for interprofessional education and care (IPE/C), including the impact of IPE/C on patients - Years 1-5
    1. JCIPE Evaluation Committee - Years 1-5
    2. Collaboration with the Jefferson Longitudinal Surveys - Year 1
  4. Strengthen relationships and consultation opportunities with other institutions implementing interprofessional education
    1. Year 1:
      1. University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
      2. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
      3. Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California
      4. Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pennsylvania
      5. Delaware Health Science Alliance (DHSA)
      6. Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania