The University of Minnesota is committed to interprofessional education (IPE) as a valuable component of health professional training and skill development.
The 1Health interprofessional education leadership team develops and coordinates several aspects of the University’s core interprofessional curriculum, including courses and activities across Phases 1, 2 and 3. In addition to this core curriculum, many other valuable opportunities exist for health professional students to learn about, from, and with one another. These interprofessional learning opportunities have arisen through intentional partnerships between the schools, colleges and programs of the Academic Health Sciences and beyond.
The 1Health leadership team recently developed formal IPE activity criteria to establish a common understanding of the required elements for all University of Minnesota interprofessional education courses and activities. These criteria set a consistent standard for high quality interprofessional experiences for learners and foster a holistic approach to the creation and implementation of curricular and co-curricular IPE initiatives designed to prepare health professional and affiliated students as a collaborative practice-ready workforce.
What are the minimum criteria for a course or activity to be formally integrated into the 1Health interprofessional education curriculum?
Involves learners from two or more professions
Has been designed by representatives from two or more professions
Makes interprofessional learning explicit (e.g., interprofessional learning objectives clearly communicated to the learners)
Includes interactivity among the learners (e.g., discussion, role-play, simulation; observational activities must include an interactive component, such as a debriefing)
Includes debriefing or reflection which includes the interprofessional experience in the activity
Aims to address at least one of the four IPEC Core Competencies:
- Values / Ethics for Interprofessional Practice: Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
- Roles and Responsibilities for Collaborative Practice: 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.
- Interprofessional Communication Practices: 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 Teamwork and Team-based Practice: 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.
What are the benefits?
Greater Visibility and Recognition. Inclusion in the 1Health IPE curriculum allows your activity to become more visible to learners and to your faculty peers locally at the University of Minnesota.
Scholarship Opportunities. Faculty and learners who are interested in scholarship opportunities related to the field of interprofessional education are encouraged to develop scholarly publications and presentations to share innovative IPE activities with a broader audience.
Increased Access to IPE for Learners. Increased awareness of your IPE activity may promote new collaborations that allow additional learners to join existing interprofessional opportunities.
Strengthened Quality of IPE Activity. Further development of your activity through collaboration with the 1Health leadership team can help to create a stronger and more impactful IPE experience for learners.
Communicates the Value of IPE to Learners. Formal activity approval for the 1Health IPE curriculum demonstrates the value and importance of your IPE activity, allowing learners to recognize this value within the context of their health professional education.
Helps to Strengthen the UMN 1Health Interprofessional Education Program. As the interprofessional education curriculum expands, the University’s commitment to IPE becomes stronger and more apparent to those within the institution and beyond.
Who is eligible to submit an IPE course or activity for consideration?
Activity contacts, lead faculty, staff or administrators are encouraged to submit a detailed description of an existing or developmental IPE activity following the process below. These activities may include such things as courses, part of courses, extracurricular activities, experiential/clinical placements, seminars, research, etc. Your activity may already meet the requirements for integration into the IPE curriculum or may require additional guidance and modification through collaboration with a 1Health Liaison.
The 1Health team welcomes the opportunity to consider your activity for this designation!
If you would like a consultation or additional support in completing the submission form, please email [email protected] and a liaison from the 1Health leadership team will be assigned to connect with you.
What is the process for submission and review?
Step 1: Submit a detailed description of your activity using IPE Activity Description Submission Form. Please note that there are six required criteria and three recommended elements for activity inclusion in the 1Health IPE curriculum. (If you would like to view all of the questions on the submission form prior to completing the form itself, click here.)
Step 2: Once your online submission form has been submitted, the 1Health leadership team will review the information provided and be in touch with feedback and next steps within 2 weeks.
Step 3: Feedback from the 1Health leadership team will be sent in the form of a criteria review letter which will include any recommendations the 1Health team may have for you, as well as potential resources for your consideration.
Step 4: Upon receipt of your criteria review letter, your 1Health team liaison will contact you to follow-up and discuss next steps.
What does it mean if an activity is approved for integration into the 1Health IPE curriculum?
If approved, your IPE activity will be highlighted on the 1Health interprofessional education website to indicate formal inclusion in the 1Health interprofessional curriculum. Additionally, the 1Health team will work with you to develop a plan to track learner participation in your activity in the 1Health IPE Data Management System. *Once approved, your activity will be included on the IPE Experiences page for students interested in pursuing an IPE milestone designation.