Note from the Assistant Dean for IPE
The current, widespread changes taking place in health care mean that students in training today will practice in an environment very different than the one familiar to their teachers. Increasing emphasis on team-based care, the growth of innovative care models such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home, and the focus on measurable quality and safety outcomes will demand a skillset that has traditionally not been a major part of health care education. UNMC’s Interprofessional Education program seeks to provide students with these skills, allowing them to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care field.
In the attached annual report, you will find a summary of recent developments in interprofessional education (IPE) at UNMC. By its nature, IPE requires involvement from students and educators representing all the health care disciplines. As such, it offers unique opportunities for collaboration across departments, colleges, and campuses. I hope you find it as exciting as I do to read about the numerous remarkable and creative programs already in place, as well as those currently in development.
On behalf of everyone involved in IPE at UNMC, I invite you to read this report and consider how UNMC’s IPE program can grow to better meet the needs of students, educators, patients, and populations in Nebraska and elsewhere. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have ideas, or would like to get involved!
Devin Nickol, MD
Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education
987810 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-7810