In alignment with the UW CIPE 2019-2024 Strategic Directions, and in an effort to establish the foundation for assisting the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW–Madison) students and programs in developing their IPE portfolio and IPE Path of Distinction, the UW CIPE has established its IPE Designation Program. The IPE Designation Program aims to facilitate a) the identification, designation, and auditing (as needed) of the current (and future) IPE offerings at UW-Madison and among its community/clinical partners; and b) the development of new IPE opportunities for learners at UW-Madison and among its clinical/community partners. In doing so, the UW CIPE, in coordination with its Education Subcommittee and Steering Committee, has developed the UW IPE Designation Criteria with two sections (as explained below): The Minimum Designation Criteria and the Designation Criteria Point System.
All UW–Madison programs/schools/centers/partners are welcome to submit their relevant offerings (courses, workshops, activities, events…) for a UW IPE Designation Certificate by completing the online UW IPE Designation Criteria Application. Those offerings that meet the IPE Designation Criteria will be awarded a formal UW IPE Designation Certificate that could be placed in the IPE Offering’s description/outline/syllabus.
The UW IPE Designation Criteria includes the Minimum Designation Criteria and the Designation Criteria Point System. The UW IPE Minimum Designation Criteria identifies the essential benchmarks needed to consider an educational intervention an IPE (interprofessional practice and education) offering. Here is the list of minimum criteria for IPE Designation:
• Two or more professions involved in the planning, facilitating, and participation of the offering.
• Goal/Outcome of the offering to be inclusive of one or more elements of the Quintuple Aim (patient care, population/community health, cost-effectiveness, providers wellbeing, health equity).
• Participants are provided with opportunities to actively engage in learning with, from, and about each other.
• Participants to have the opportunity to reflect on their learning (i.e., self/group reflection, facilitator feedback, assessment, debriefing).
These minimum designation criteria are identified based on the UW CIPE Strategic Directions and the IPE definition. According to the Strategic Directions, the UW CIPE is mandated to facilitate transforming health education, practice, and research through interprofessional collaboration and teamwork to improve the Quintuple Aim (better health, better care, better value, better work experience, and better healthy equity) in Wisconsin and beyond. Interprofessional education is defined as occasions when students from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (WHO, 2010).
The Designation Criteria Point System is a rubric to rank IPE offerings based on the minimum criteria along with a number of additional criteria deemed important in facilitating learners advance their interprofessional collaboration competencies. A goal of UW CIPE is to facilitate providing diverse IPE offerings to enable students in developing a thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills, roles, and responsibilities of different professions and programs in team-based care in order to prepare them for fieldwork collaborative practice. A minimum of two professions is needed for an IPE offering, but health/social programs are encouraged to provide their students with quality well-organized and facilitated IPE opportunities (in-person and/or virtually) with as many other health/social programs as possible.