Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

A comprehensive IPE program at UIC has the potential for significant impact in health professions education and health care delivery. The wide range of health professions education programs across all UIC campuses—which is unique in the Midwest region and rare across the country—and the diversity of populations served by UI Health presents an unusually rich environment for interprofessional education and practice. UIC includes both urban and rural environments and places a priority on health care disparities and population health in both training and research.

The overarching educational purpose in establishing a full IPE curriculum is to produce graduates who understand the critical relationship between teamwork and collaborative, patient-centered care, and who will contribute to the achievement of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Quadruple Aim: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, improving provider well-being, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.

A well designed organizational structure is necessary to advance the steps identified in this report. Furthermore, curriculum development, faculty development, the creation of a comprehensive evaluation plan, and the integration of IPE into the orientation and training of staff at UI Health are essential elements of a successful IPE program.