Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education! The UW CIPE strives to transform health care through interprofessional practice, education, and research! As our Mission, we work collaboratively locally, nationally and globally to champion, integrate, and advance Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) to achieve the Quadruple Aim: better health, better care, better value, and better work experience.

We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic (WHO, 2020), and per my commentary in the Journal of Interprofessional Care (Khalili, 2020), the impact of COVID-19 on interprofessional practice and education (IPE) programs is yet to be determined. The unprecedented evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, continues to significantly affect the way we live, learn, and work for years to come.

As the online education is the new normal, we at UW CIPE have managed to transition our operations and offerings into virtual environments. Since late March 2020, we moved our meetings, Committee work, and the planning and delivery of our IPE offering (i.e., IPE Simulation mini-curse beta test, Competency Modules, and Knowledge Exchange Series) online using different virtual platforms including, Canvas, BBCU, Zoom, and MS Teams. We continue to strengthening and enhancing our collaboration and partnership at UW-Madison and beyond in providing meaningful and effective IPE opportunities for students, faculty, staff, preceptors, and community partners.

The recent publication of our second annual UW CIPE 2019-2020 Annual Report featured the significant developments and progress in IPE at UW-Madison over the past year. In the first year of UW CIPE Phase Two, and in an effort to achieve our 5-year Strategic Directions, a number of strategic have been launched and/or under development including, but not limited to, the establishment/restructuring of UW CIPE committees and taskforces to reflect our strategic priorities, the development and implementation of the UW CIPE Communication Plan (bi-monthly UW IPE Updates, online presence), the development of UW IPE Designation Program, the development and delivery of the UW CIPE Badger Program, the expansion of the UW CIPE Competency Modules to number of new programs, the development of the UW CIPE Simulation Program, and the launch of UW CIPE Knowledge Exchange Series. Our scholarly work has also been strong with participation in more than 20 presentations and invited speech, as well as participating in over 20 publications and research studies locally, nationally and internationally.

These accomplishments were not possible without the support and assistance of the UW CIPE staff and committees/taskforces/planning teams; the Health Sciences Leadership Council (HSLC); participant programs, schools, and community partners; and the facilities, DoIT and research departments at the School of Nursing (and other schools). I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of these individuals and their affiliated programs/schools for making IPE a success at UW-Madison and beyond.

Finally, this health and social global pandemic is again reminding us of the importance of interprofessional collaboration and team-based care in healthcare delivery system which requires the integration of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in everyday professional education and practice, which has been part of our agenda at UW CIPE.


Hossein Khalili, BScN, MScN, PhD, FNAP
Director, UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (UW CIPE)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Adjunct Research Professor, Western University
Co-Founding Lead, InterprofessionalResearch.Global (IPR.Global)



Khalili, H. (2020). Online interprofessional education during and post the COVID-19 pandemic: a commentary. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 1-4.

World Health Organization (2020). Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Retrieved from https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen