Interprofessional education (IPE) helps prepare health professions students to provide patient care in a collaborative team environment. Through interprofessional learning opportunities students from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and quality of care. IPE is very important for the development of effective and efficiently functioning health care teams that are needed to deliver high quality care in an increasingly complex healthcare environment.

UCF COM IPE program is included as one of the Longitudinal Curricular Themes in the medical school program. UCF College of Medicine hosts an Interprofessional Working Group of faculty from UCF Colleges of Medicine and Nursing, UCF Schools of Social Work, Physical Therapy and Communication Disorders and University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy. The working group models interprofessional collaboration in the design and delivery of IPE events for students in the pre-clinical and clinical years of their professional training programs.


  • Denise Kay, Ph.D., M.A.

Learning objectives:

  • Work with individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  • Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations.
  • Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.
  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.