About Us

 Learn more about the coordinating body of IPE and collaborative practice at UW.

What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

IPE is an approach to teaching and learning that brings together students from two or more professions to learn about, from, and with each other in service of enabling effective collaboration. The goal of IPE is to improve health outcomes through the education of a practice-ready healthcare team that is prepared to respond to local health needs (WHO, 2010).

What is Practice Transformation/Collaborative Practice?

Practice transformation or “collaborative practice” in healthcare occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across setting (WHO, 2010). The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) states that, “interprofessional collaborative practice drives safe, high-quality, accessible, person-centered care and improved health outcomes” (2019). Read more about our practice transformation initiatives here