Interprofessional Education and Care

The Duke PA Program and the Duke Center for Interprofessional Education and Care are committed to preparing learners to become practice-ready partners providing high quality, team-based care in order to optimize health outcomes for individuals, families, and populations. Interprofessional curricular activities include interactive workshops, panel discussions, training in collaborative practice frameworks, and application in dedicated interprofessional clinical experiences. Co-curricular activities include the adaptive sports experience, Haunted Hospital, case-based seminars, and elective offerings. Students across the health professions are also regularly involved in social and service learning activities.

Group of healthcare providers talking


Why is interprofessional education important?

Interprofessionalism is so important because it helps us give the best care for our patients. As healthcare professionals and providers that is our shared goal. We need a team because no one person can do it all. My favorite part of IPE is not only do we get to learn with our colleagues in the classroom but also, it is encouraged that we meet outside of the classroom. I have made friendships with those in other programs of the School of Medicine and School of Nursing and I think that builds rapport and the trust we need when we work alongside each other.  - Lila Lehtola ('24), Stead Society and Interprofessional Student Advisory Committee Representative

Lila Lehtola

Student Blog: Lila Lehtola

I serve as the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Chair for our student organization, the Stead Society. In this role, I am the liaison between the Stead Society/my classmates and the Duke Health Center for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC). IPEC is made up of students and faculty from the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.