Interprofessional Education Portal Overview

The AAMC, as a partner in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), has been awarded funding by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to launch an interprofessional education portal in support of the IPEC report: Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. This initiative is designed to create a national clearinghouse of competency-linked learning resources for interprofessional education and models of team-based or collaborative care.

Associate Editor Profile

Sonia Crandall

MedEdPORTAL is pleased to announce Sonia J. Crandall, PhD, MS will serve as the associate editor for the Interprofessional Education Collaboration collection. Dr. Crandall is a tenured Professor in the Departments of Physician Assistant Studies and Family & Community Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is the Director for Scholarship and Research for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Director of the Women’s Health Center of Excellence Leadership and Mentoring Program. She is affiliate faculty in the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and the WFU Translational Science Institute. She has a Ph.D. in Adult Education and a MS in epidemiology. Her medical education research background is in curriculum development, program evaluation and adult learning theory and has additional expertise in designing cultural competence curriculum for health professions learners.

She also serves as associate editor for Medical Education Online and BMC Medical Education and is a member of the editorial boards of Medical Science Educator (formerly the Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators) and the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. She serves as a peer reviewer for several journals including Academic Medicine.

Dr. Crandall has been a constant advocate for MedEdPORTAL since its inception and served as the associate editor for Special Collections.

IPEC Report Background

Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, contains expert panel recommendations on interprofessional core competencies for health professions students, delineated by four content domains, to provide integrated, high-quality care to patients within the nation’s evolving health care system. The panel also set-forth 38 specific sub-competencies that describe the essential behaviors across the four domains, and suggested learning activities consistent with the World Health Organization’s definition of interprofessional education, as shared learning among students from two or more health professions.

The expert panel was convened by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), a unique partnership of six associations—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.

General Competency Statements by Domain

Excerpted from Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative:

    Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.

    Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the healthcare needs of the patients and populations served.

    Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.

    Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.

View the MedEdPORTAL IPE Portal

Nominate a Reviewer

MedEdPORTAL is accepting reviewer nominations for the interprofessional education collaboration collection. To nominate your peer, please e-mail:

Advisory Committee

The MedEdPORTAL-IPEC Advisory Committee provides strategic planning and guidance for the initiative.

Christine Arenson, MD
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Co-Director, Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education
Thomas Jefferson University

Jody S. Frost, PT, DPT, PhD
Chair, Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment
American Physical Therapy Association

Catherine L. Grus, PhD
Deputy Executive Director, Education Directorate
American Psychological Association

Lynn T. Kozlowski, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Sharon E. Lock, PhD, APRN
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track
University of Kentucky College of Nursing

Ruth Stashefsky Margalit, MD
Associate Professor & Director
Inter-Professional Service Learning Academy
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Daniel Robinson, PharmD, FASHP
Dean, College of Pharmacy
Western University of Health Sciences

Cecilia Rokusek, EdD, RD
Executive Director of Education, Planning and Research
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Leo E. Rouse, DDS, FACD
President, American Dental Education Association
Dean, Howard University College of Dentistry

Michel Statler, MLA, PA-C
Director, Professional Affairs and Education
Physician Assistant Education Association

Carol A. Aschenbrener, MD, MS
Chief Medical Education Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges
Principal Investigator

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