Dr. Rowe, along with social work and pharmacy faculty, directly supervises pharmacy, social work, and nurse practitioner students in the outpatient interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives described. Dr. Rowe is an assistant professor and Coordinator for the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)'s Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus, a regional higher education center in Rockville, MD. She sees patients one day a week at the Holy Cross Health Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and has co-developed IPE initiatives at two universities for nursing, pharmacy, social work, nutrition and dental hygiene students.
Developing expertise in IPE and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) in patient care is essential to educating healthcare professionals prepared to function effectively within today's emerging patient-centered healthcare teams. When disciplines work collaboratively, communication and teamwork are enhanced, thus improving quality of care (Institute of Medicine, 2015; Jennings, et al., 2016). But multiple barriers prevent IPE in ambulatory community settings, including limited space, fewer resources, and fewer disciplines and/or patients available at the same time.