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Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

Our goal is to transform health care through interprofessional learning and care to maximize health


  • Invest in infrastructure to support Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) across WHSC
  • Institute inter-professional curricula that support team-based competencies for all learners, faculty, and care providers
  • Accelerate the development and adoption of team-based care models and advance knowledge on IPECP effectiveness through research


  • Establish an IPECP Council to lead and coordinate IPECP activities across the WHSC
  • Expand and strengthen the Woodruff Health Educators Academy
  • Establish IPECP learning objectives and competency expectations across WHSC teaching programs and ensure learners demonstrate the required IPECP knowledge and skills

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) is our framework for learning, teaching, and practicing together to deliver outstanding patient care. We want our learners and trainees to learn about, from, and with each other. In our clinical care settings, we want our providers, nurses, public health professionals, and other clinical staff to be practicing collaboratively as interprofessional teams.

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Examples of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

IPECP Synergy Award
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 WHSC IPECP Synergy Awards!

Creating a global model of care for Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases
Emory's team of researchers and infectious disease experts is translating what they've learned from the Ebola outbreak of 2014 to everyday patient care.

Growing team practice
Interprofessional Team Training Day drew 1,200 first-year health professions students, eager to learn how Emory can support and expand interprofessional education and collaborative practice. 

Emory's graduate, professional schools ranked among nation's best by U.S. News
Emory’s graduate and professional schools and programs are ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools" guide.

Teaching the educators
The Woodruff Health Educators Academy (WHEA) Teaching Fellowship offers an opportunity for fellows to shore up their teaching skills.

Student initiative to cool down cost hot spots
A small group of Emory students from the schools of medicine, nursing, public health and law have banded together to try to curb health care costs by bringing a national initiative to Atlanta.

WHSC Community Benefits Report 2018
"Working Side by Side" tells the stories of charity care at Emory Healthcare, with many examples of how Emory professionals work together in teams.

Woodruff Health Educators Academy
Bringing together educators from nursing, medicine, and public health

Preparing for emergencies in the operating room
Simulating the unexpected: Preparing for emergencies in the operating room

Student hotspotters: Crossing the bridge to interprofessional collaboration
Nursing student Colin McNamara discusses the benefits of "hotspotting," which relies on interprofessional collaboration to improve care for "super-users" of health care, such as the 5% of patients at Grady Hospital whose complex care accounts for 50% of health care costs.

Emory eICU Technology Addressess Provider Shortages
A residency using remote technology increases opportunities for nurse practitioners and physician assistants in critical care and expands these services to more rural settings, where previously they were unavailable.

Executive Sponsors (Implementation Team)

WHSC Strategic Plan