Interprofessional Education and Teamwork Training

The core faculty of the UVA Center for Interprofessional Collaborations (CIPC) are experienced facilitators of interprofessional education activities and team training. Our programs range from one-hour panel discussions to 3 1/2 day intensive team trainings. We strive to provide engaging, innovative activities that are based on the most current evidence in the field.  

Interprofessional Education (IPE) 

IPE involves 2 or more health and social care professions learning “about, from and with each other” (WHO, 2010) across the learning continuum from pre-licensure education to continuing education.  IPE incorporates an interactive learning approach and occurs at the bedside, in the classroom and simulation lab, and within the community.  IPE has been linked to the development of interprofessional collaborative practice core competencies which in turn leads to improved patient outcomes.


Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) 

 Interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) occurs “when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care" (WHO, 2010)RWH The delivery of enhanced healthcare services and improved patient outcomes are explicitly linked with interprofessional health care teams.  To achieve the Quadruple Aim of improving the health of the population, improving the patient experience, reducing costs, and improving the work life of health care providers, these interprofessional teams need to consist of team members who have been trained to practice collaboratively.


Interprofessional Education fosters Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

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  • Increase knowledge of team roles and scope of practice
  • Improve team communication skills
  • Integrate collaborative team learning
  • Practice collaborative team behaviors


  • Improve quality and safety of patient care
  • Reduce medical errors
  • Enhance provider engagement and retention
  • Improve team efficiency
  • Decrease healthcare costs

Adapted with thanks to Tina Brashers