Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University


It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (JCIPE), established in 2007.  

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.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) put forth their vision statement for health professions education in 2003:

All health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches and informatics.

The realities of our current health system include an aging population, increasing acuity, complexity and chronicity of illnesses, and an acute-care, hospital based model dependent on costly technologies.  Additional IOM reports (IOM, 2010; 2003; 2001; 1999) on patient safety and outcomes focused on the preparation of health care professionals as key to improving the quality of health care, including prevention and management of chronic disease.

JCIPE is consistent with the Institute of Medicine directives and the Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) Mission and Vision statements.  The TJU Mission Statement, “We Improve Lives”, and Vision Statement, “Reimagining health, education and discovery to create unparalleled value” are supported by values that permeate JCIPE endeavors.  Specifically, the values of innovation, collaboration, respect and patient- and population-centeredness can be identified throughout the programming, curricular development and scholarship emanating from the Center.  As JCIPE embarks upon a broad expansion of programmatic and scholarly endeavors addressing IPE competencies updated in 2016 (IPEC, 2016), we are enthusiastic about developing a new model of evidence-based inteprofessional education and collaborative practice training for all of our health professions to ensure that every provider is equipped to deliver team-based, effective, safe, efficient and patient- and population-centered care.

Lauren G. Collins, MD, Co-Director
Elena M. Umland, PharmD
, Co-Director

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