Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education Intervention Guideline Series: Guideline 4, Interprofessional Education

Thomas J. Van Hoof, Rachel E. Grant, Joanna Sajdlowska, Mary Bell, Craig Campbell, Lois Colburn, David Davis, Todd Dorman, Michael Fischer, Tanya Horsley, Virginia Jacobs-Halsey, Gabrielle Kane, Constance LeBlanc, Jocelyn Lockyer, Donald E. Moore, Robert Morrow, Curtis A. Olson, Scott Reeves, Joan Sargeant, Ivan SilverDavid C. Thomas, Mary Turco, Simon Kitto

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The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education commissioned a study to clarify and, if possible, to standardize the terminology for a set of important educational interventions. In the form of a guideline, this article describes one such intervention, interprofessional education (IPE), which is a common intervention in health professions education. IPE is an opportunity for individuals of multiple professions to interact to learn together, to break down professional silos, and to achieve interprofessional learning outcomes in the service of high-value patient care. Based on a review of recent evidence and a facilitated discussion with US and Canadian experts, we describe IPE, its terminology, and other important information about the intervention. We encourage leaders and researchers to consider and to build on this guideline as they plan, implement, evaluate, and report IPE efforts. Clear and consistent use of terminology is imperative, along with complete and accurate descriptions of interventions, to improve the use and study of IPE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S65-S69
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • Continuing education
  • Continuing medical education
  • Innovative educational interventions
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Leadership
  • Performance improvement
  • Quality improvement


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