Following the onboarding of Dr. Hossein Khalili, the new Director of the UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (UW CIPE) on April 1st, 2019, the development of a 5-year Strategic Directions to guide the growth and advancement of the Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) at the University became a top priority for the UW CIPE. The timing was ideal considering the Health Sciences Leadership Council (HSLC), consisting of the Provost and the Deans of the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, were seeking long-term plans for the UW CIPE. The UW CIPE was eagerly looking forward to such an opportunity in developing its Strategic Directions as Dr. Khalili was hired based on his vision and expertise in developing and implementing such strategic directions for IPE at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison).
One of the first steps in this process was for the UW CIPE to engage in dialogue with the HSLC, UW schools/programs administration, faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders to learn more about their vision for IPE at the University and beyond. This was accomplished by having multiple meetings with individuals and groups representing the various schools and programs on campus, as well as with colleagues from IPE Centers from other Universities. In addition, we hosted three campus-wide events (UW CIPE Student Town Hall, IPE Champions Retreat and UW CIPE Strategic Planning Workshop) to ensure we captured the important input from stakeholders across the university and the community to help shape the future directions of IPE at UW-Madison.
The final draft of the Strategic Directions was presented to the UW CIPE Steering Committee for review. The Committee reviewed the Strategic Directions during their first meeting in August and provided excellent feedback for revision. The revised version of the Strategic Directions was then shared with the Steering Committee members through electronic communication in early September for their final review and feedback. The Final version of the Strategic Directions was reviewed and approved by the HSLC in November.