Interprofessional Educational Experiences (IPE)
Interprofessional Education (IPE) is defined as situations when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy are dedicated to creating opportunities and experiences for students to become competent in interprofessional practice through instruction and activities in their classrooms and practice experiences.
Specifically, our School aspires to be a national leader in interprofessional education and practice by collaborating with other health professionals to develop and implement innovative education, practice models, research, and advocacy. Ultimately, this will lead to health care transformation and improved health of our patients. Our School aims to develop pharmacists who serve as leaders that positively impact patient care by valuing the unique roles of all members of the interprofessional care team not only of today and but also of the future. Students at our School will have interprofessional activities in every year of the curriculum, interacting with students and faculty from medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, allied health, and social work. During practice experiences, our students will have a chance to participate in shared therapeutic decision-making with prescribers. Students will be given regular feedback on their progress toward achieving competency in understanding the value and ethics of interprofessional practice; in honoring the roles and responsibilities of all professionals on the health care team; in communicating clearly among team members; and in participating optimally as a team member to improve patient health.