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InterProfessional Education Collaborative

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative

IPEC is the enduring foundation of IP learning and leadership at UNE, and provides support and resources (including hands-on IP opportunities), to students and faculty in a number of ways:

  • Common Curriculum (undergraduate): one of the first of its kind in the nation for undergraduate health professions students.  These cross-professional students began as a single cohort, taking a common health sciences curriculum for the first eighteen months of their studies.
  • Interprofessional Student Advisory Team (IPSAT - graduate), a student group committed to educating students about interprofessional collaborative patient-centered practice, as well as promoting interprofessional education among the various graduate health-based professions on the UNE Portland and Biddeford campuses.

  • IPEC Events (graduate): IPEC faculty and staff present case based orientation activities to all incoming students, and conduct an interprofessional symposium every spring, dedicated to a student-selected topic of concern. Our Wednesday Event Series features speakers from many backgrounds addressing a wide range of IP lessons and opportunities. 

  • In the Fall of 2014 we will launch a new type of Event Series designed to support student interest in hands-on learning. Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. will be available for small group interprofessional learning experiences including:

  • CHANNELS (graduate), a collaboration with the City of Portland and Portland Community Health Center (PCHC) (FQHC), funded by a HRSA UD-7 grant. Health professions students from dental hygiene, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and osteopathic medicine programs have participated in the development of a community clinic in the Riverton Park community, home to new Americans from Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and other nations.

  • COMPtime (graduate and faculty), an online series of modules introducing students and faculty to interprofessional competencies and practices funded by the Bingham Foundation and Arthur Vining Davis. Early modules have been used for IPE student orientation and classroom learning as well as faculty and community partner training and at professional conferences.

  • Faculty Development, an ongoing series of training opportunities for UNE Faculty and Clinical Preceptors funded by Arthur Vining Davis, in collaboration with the Centre for Interprofessional Education in Toronto. Email us at to learn more about the March 18 & 19 training opportunity.

  • Community Site Development (faculty and preceptors), the creation and maintenance of new interprofessional clinical rotation opportunities for students funded by a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation President’s Grant and Maine’s Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Email us at to learn more about the May 29 & 29 Macy Summit.

Mission: IPEC transforms healthcare education by fostering community-centered, collaborative learning and interprofessional practice.

UNE’s IPE champions continue to monitor and grow all of our programs. We know that students appreciate learning about IPE competencies and enjoy classroom exchange, however they are increasingly asking for more “hands-on” experiences designed for them to practice these competencies in the real world, and it is our goal to provide those.

Please feel free to contact us at, or call 207-221-4114.

Shelley Cohen Konrad



Our IPE Values

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative at UNE values shared learning environments that prepare students to be competent and collaborative health professionals.

  • Safety and Quality
  • Social Justice and Heath as a Human Right
  • Patient/Person Centeredness
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Student Empowerment
Learn about our values in more detail here.
Current Events
Apr 23
Lunch and Learn - Motion Analysis
InterProfessional Education Collaborative

by Michael Lawrence, MS
Wednesday12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Motion Lab, Alexander Hall Basement, Portland Campus
Apr 30
Healthcare Litigation: An Interprofessional Approach to Reducing Medical Errors
InterProfessional Education Collaborative

by Curt Cyr PhD, RPh
Wednesday12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus