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New Portal to Enhance Interprofessional Health Education Collaboration

Washington, D.C., March 23, 2012—The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), as a partner in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), has been awarded funding by the Macy Foundation to launch an interprofessional education portal in support of the IPEC report Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

The initiative will create a national clearinghouse of competency-linked learning resources on interprofessional education and models of team-based or collaborative care. The portal will be launched in partnership with the other members of IPEC —American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Dental Education Association, Association of Schools of Public Health—and will serve as an interprofessional extension of MedEdPORTAL®, the AAMC’s peer-reviewed repository for teaching and assessment resources that cover the continuum of health education. The American Psychological Association, Physician Assistant Education Association, and American Physical Therapy Association will collaborate on this project.

An advisory committee of representatives from each health profession met in Washington, D.C, on March 22, 2012, to discuss the initiative’s “call for resource submission” based on the competencies for interprofessional collaboration noted in the IPEC report. Fifteen $2,000 stipends will be awarded to help applicants develop their educational content for peer review. Published resources will serve as the initial content for the interprofessional portal and resource collection, scheduled for release in March 2013 on MedEdPORTAL.

For further information, please contact: Michael Saleh, msaleh@aamc.org.
www.mededportal.org