What Are Interprofessional Education (IPE) & Collaborative Practice (CP)?

  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.
  • Collaborative Practice (CP) is when multiple health workers from different backgrounds work together with patients, families, caregivers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care. (World Health Organization, 2010)

Why Are IPE & CP Important?

Traditionally, health professionals are educated separately and practice “in silos.” Siloed practice often leads to poor understanding of the roles and expertise of healthcare colleagues in an environment where patient health outcomes depend on every team member practicing as part of a coordinated care team.

The Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education (JCIPE) was established in 2007.  

Watch our 10th anniversary video below to learn more about JCIPE.

The Center is dedicated to promoting excellence in health professions education and healthcare delivery through innovations in interprofessional education (IPE), collaborative practice (CP), faculty and staff development and scholarship. JCIPE programming is developed, delivered, and evaluated as part of preclinical/didactic education, clinical simulation, and clinical education within highly effective team-care settings working with our outpatient practices, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, affiliates, and community partners. The Center serves as a coordinating body to facilitate the expansion of interprofessional education, faculty development, and collaborative practice across Thomas Jefferson University.