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- Interprofessional education (IPE) is a global imperative
- Health profession education programs, motivated by accreditation requirements, have added IPE activities into their required curricula.
- Curriculum development varies considerably across institutions and debate exists regarding appropriate timing for introducing learners to IPE in order to optimally improve health outcomes.
- Some evidence shows benefit of early learner IPE in professional identity development, interprofessional socialization and positive attitude development toward interprofessional practice.
- At Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), IPE is integrated longitudinally through the curriculum for several of the health professions programs via IPEC courses.
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