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

IPE Community Engaged Curriculum

Los Duranes IPE CEC team

While the IPE team works on creating a sustainable longitudinal IPE curriculum, this initiative has been placed on hold.

The IPE Community Engaged Curriculum (CEC) held in 2015-16 was an ambitious interprofessional service learning course for the entry-level learner, based on IPE competencies and community-engaged principles. The curriculum was realized over the course of 6 sessions including a kick-off on October 27, 2015 and 5 dates in Spring 2016 (February 2 and 9, March 8, April 5 and 12). The Community Engaged working group developed the course objectives, identified the related IPE competencies, teaching activities, and assessment tools. 

Healthcare professions were represented by about 350 students made up of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and dental hygiene.  Twenty-six community center sites were identified based on existing relationships that the schools/programs had.  Students were formed into interprofessional teams with about 10-14 students in each.  Activities and exercises were designed to help students learn about team building across health professions, communication and other core IPE competencies.  About 52+ faculty volunteered and were partnered in co-facilitator teams to help facilitate small multi-disciplinary student teams whose work involved activities related to improving community-identified health priorities.  Students later developed proposals for their community’s health improvement and presented their findings and recommendations at the final session in the Student Union Building ballroom.