Changing the future of health professions: embedding interprofessional education within an academic health center

Acad Med. 2010 Aug;85(8):1290-5. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181e53e07.


Institutions are increasingly considering interprofessional education (IPE) as a means to improve health care and reduce medical errors in the United States. Effective implementation of IPE within health professions education requires a strategic institutional approach to ensure longevity and sustainability. In 2007, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) established Creating Collaborative Care (C), an IPE initiative that takes a multifaceted approach to weaving interprofessional collaborative experiences throughout MUSC's culture to prepare students to participate in interprofessional, collaborative health care and research settings.In this article, the authors describe C's guiding conceptual foundation and student learning goals. They present its implementation framework to illustrate how C is embedded within the institutional culture. It is housed in the provost's office, and an overarching implementation committee functions as a central coordinating group. Faculty members develop and implement C activities across professions by contributing to four collaborating domains-curricular, extracurricular, faculty development, and health care simulation-each of which captures an IPE component. The authors provide examples of IPE activities developed by each domain to illustrate the breadth of IPE at MUSC. The authors believe that MUSC's efforts, including the conceptual foundation and implementation framework, can be generalized to other institutions intent on developing IPE within their organizational cultures.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers / organization & administration*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods
  • Education, Professional / organization & administration
  • Faculty, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Patient Care Team / trends*
  • Professional Competence*
  • Total Quality Management*