Office of Interprofessional Education

MSC 11 6055
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
SURGE Building (#226)
Suite 140, Room 151A (first floor)

Phone: (505) 272-1613

UNM Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education

The Office of Interprofessional Education, led by the IPE team, seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities for interprofessional collaborative practice in the classroom, simulation labs, and clinical settings.  Changing traditional concepts demand a cultural paradigm shift.  Hence, it is important to bring together students from 2 or more health professions to learn--early and throughout their health education--what expertise each profession provides, how to respect each other's expertise with humility and integrity, and how to openly communicate with each other in a way that generates quality patient health care. 

The IPE team is actively developing IPE curricula in collaboration with the schools, colleges, and programs across the UNM Health Sciences Center and welcomes interested faculty to participate in this collaborative development by contacting the IPE office.

Although it may not be instinctive to faculty, there is a significant difference in teaching Interprofessional teams of students. Faculty can benefit from further specialized IPE study and practice to master these principles and competencies.  And, should faculty clinicians demonstrate the IPE model in their clinical practice, what better model for students as they prepare to enter into practice themselves!  The IPE team offers educational workshops periodically and is working on creating online resources for faculty development. 

The Office of Interprofessional Education at UNM’s Health Sciences Center had its start in 2009.  A team of dedicated faculty from the various schools and programs came together to establish interprofessional education opportunities at UNM/HSC and formed the HSC IPE committee. This committee worked with the IPE director to develop interprofessional events and courses for students to learn about, from and with each other while providing collaborative patient care. In 2012, the IPE team, consisting of the director and IPE coordinators representing the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, and Health Professional Programs, was formed. The team then garnered specialized training in the principles of interprofessional education and collaborative practices by learning the best available models for IPE from universities with existing IPE programs.