A Unique Interprofessional and Multi-Institutional Education Series

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Interprofessional health education has received increased attention from educators and health care institutions over the past decades. In the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report, the necessity of nursing professionals becoming full partners with other health care professionals is described. In 2011, a group of faculty members in northeast Indiana formed an interprofessional education (IPE) consortium, which included faculty from several universities. The members were from a larger community group who met monthly and realized they shared a common interest in developing an IPE program. The purpose of this article is to describe the unique interprofessional and multi-institutional educational series that has been offered as a result of the collaborative efforts of this consortium. The initiative is continuous and now enters the second phase of the IPE learning series. This initiative may help others make the necessary changes in health care education.



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