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IPEC Interprofessional Faculty Development Institute for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

May 20 - 22, 2013
Hyatt Dulles

The May 2013 IPEC Institute has reached capacity. A waitlist for openings as well as notice of additional offerings can be accessed at

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) is a national organization that focuses on better integrating and coordinating the education of nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals, and other members of the patient health care team to provide more collaborative and patient-centered care. The founding members include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Dental Education Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Schools of Public Health.
The AAMC, as a sponsor member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), is pleased to announce that its third IPEC Faculty Development Institute will focus on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QI/PS), in order to create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and learner assessment in quality improvement and patient safety at the point of care.

Faculty across the health disciplines will explore how to embed QI/PS content into their curriculum, while learning how to create and assess clinical QI/PS projects. Upon returning to their home institutions, workshop participants will help to develop institutional faculty teams to implement an interprofessional QI/PS education plan.

Interprofessional faculty teams should draw from dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and other professions as appropriate.
Workshop Objectives Resulting from this initiative, participants will, within a two-year timeframe, be able to: 
  • Describe basic QI/PS processes and techniques
  • Create competency-based, practice-based curricula in QI/PS
  • Create and assess clinical QI/PS projects for learners
  • Design and implement assessment strategies, e.g., Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Implement faculty development in QI/PS at the home site
  • Advocate for curricular and educational reform in QI/PS at a local level
On-site teams of 3-5 members will include at least one member representing an IPEC profession, one member with knowledge of quality improvement and patient safety, and one member in a position to affect curricular changes in his/her home institution. 

Schedule Participants should plan arrival for Sunday, May 19, 2013. The Institute will begin at 8:00 am Monday, May 20 and conclude by noon Wednesday, May 22.

Institute Goal To create faculty champions who can enhance interprofessional QI/PS curricula, learning experiences, and learner assessment in at the point of patient care.

Institute Purpose To develop faculty teams able to create an implementable plan for an interprofessional project designed to undertake curricular change at their home institutions. Projects will focus on improving learner competence and skills in QI/PS.

Target Audience Onsite teams must include at least three members and no more than five, with at least one member representing an IPEC sponsor profession, one member having substantive QI/PS content knowledge, and at least one member being in a position to affect curricular changes in the team’s home institution.

Format Highly interactive case-based and discussion-based activities, with time for team planning and reflection, information sharing, and networking. Preparatory material will be assigned in advance of the Institute, followed by post-course opportunities for continued online networking and ‘community of practice’ contact linked to similar national activities aligned with AAMC’s Teaching for Quality initiative and AACN’s Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative. Post-course resources will include Internet-based materials, the IPE PORTAL collection, and the online iCollaborative for sharing.