Interprofessional education: definitions, student competencies, and guidelines for implementation

Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Jul 10;73(4):59. doi: 10.5688/aj730459.


Interprofessional education (IPE) is an important step in advancing health professional education for many years and has been endorsed by the Institute of Medicine as a mechanism to improve the overall quality of health care. IPE has also become an area of focus for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), with several groups, including these authors from the AACP Interprofessional Education Task Force, working on developing resources to promote and support IPE planning and development. This review provides background on the definition of IPE, evidence to support IPE, the need for IPE, student competencies and objectives for IPE, barriers to implementation of IPE, and elements critical for successfully implementing IPE.

Keywords: competencies; interprofessional education.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Professional / methods
  • Education, Professional / standards*
  • Education, Professional / trends
  • Educational Measurement / methods
  • Educational Measurement / standards*
  • Health Occupations / standards
  • Health Occupations / trends
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Professional Competence / standards
  • Students, Health Occupations