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New Report Promotes Assessment and Evaluation in Interprofessional Continuing Education

February 04, 2019

Continuing Education Leaders Share Strategies and Tools for Assessment and Evaluation of the Healthcare Team

Chicago, IL and Silver Spring, MD | February 4, 2019

A new report, IPCE Works! Identifying Measures of Success and Evaluating Our Impact, explores key recommendations for evaluating the effectiveness of interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) in improving healthcare team performance and patient care.

The report summarizes the 2018 Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Leadership Summit, which brought together continuing education (CE) leaders from jointly accredited organizations across the country including hospitals, health systems, medical schools, specialty societies, and education companies. This year’s Summit brought together leaders in IPCE and team assessment with organizations that are focused on IPCE to explore opportunities to better evaluate and communicate the impact of IPCE on healthcare.

This report is the third in a series. The first report, By the Team for the Team: Evolving Interprofessional Continuing EducationTM for Optimal Patient Care, and the second report, Promoting Research across the Continuum of Health Professions Education: Making Patient Care Better, are available at

The Leadership Summits and reports were supported (in part) by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. They were produced by the three founding accreditors in Joint Accreditation: the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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Carole Orchard, BSN, MEd, EdD, speaks about how to effectively assess IPE teams.

Highlights from the Report

  • Assessment of interprofessional teams: Led by Carole Orchard, BSN, MEd, EdD, Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario and former Coordinator for Interprofessional Health Education & Research for the University, participants explored how to assess the transfer of learning into practice as it relates to interprofessional teams, interprofessional collaborative practice, and patient outcomes.
  • Hot topics in IPCE: IPCE professionals had opportunities to discuss topics in-depth, to further learn from each other’s experiences in managing IPCE programs, and to share their summative reports back with the larger group.
  • Tools and resources: Connie Schmitz, PhD, Consultant at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, introduced participants to the National Center’s Assessment and Evaluation Home Page and Measurement Instrument Collection, which contain a variety of tools and resources to evaluate the interprofessional team.

Connie Schmitz, PhD, Consultant at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, introduces participants to tools and resources to evaluate the IPE team.

Leadership Comments

“The leadership summits give us the opportunity to work together with our community of jointly accredited providers to share successes and challenges. By listening to each other and learning about, with, and from each other, we create strategies for solving problems and advancing the field of IPCE. We’re excited about the progress we’ve made and look forward to advancing our field by building a body of research and evidence that demonstrates our contributions and empowers us to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of IPCE.” Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME

“We hold these summits to create a collaborative learning culture for our community of IPCE professionals, so that they can create a collaborative learning culture for care teams in their institutions and communities. We’ll continue to offer opportunities to share experiences and to identify new priorities and areas for advancement. Participants in the Summit are leaders in the IPCE field, and we will continue to support their efforts and work together to make a difference in healthcare.” Dimitra V. Travlos, PharmD, Assistant Executive Director, and Director, CPE Provider Accreditation, ACPE

“We know from data from jointly accredited providers and from a growing body of evidence that participation in IPCE contributes to improvements in team performance, care delivery, and patient outcomes. We encourage the IPCE community to apply the lessons learned at this Summit to expand expertise in evaluation and assessment, so that we can better understand how to support care teams in serving their patients and communities. It is also critical to disseminate outcomes and assessment research throughout the healthcare community so that IPCE is recognized as an integral part of continuing professional development across the health professions.” Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Senior Vice President, Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, Quality and the Institute for Credentialing Research, ANCC

Jaime Luther, SSM Health, Anne Grupe, MSEd, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Joni Fowler, PharmD, Creative Educational Concepts, discuss the expansion of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education in one of the Hot Topics sessions.

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Joint Accreditation Speaking Engagements

Joint Accreditation executive leaders are available for speaking engagements to discuss the opportunities for continuing education to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice through the Joint Accreditation program. For more information, please contact: [email protected].


About Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing EducationTM offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide continuing education activities in the professions of medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, psychology, and social work through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards. Jointly accredited providers may award single profession or interprofessional continuing education credit (IPCE) to participating professions without needing to obtain separate accreditations. Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education is the first and only process in the world offering this benefit.

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education is a collaboration of the following organizations:

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
  • Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

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