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IPEC: Leadership Development with a Dedicated Interprofessional Focus

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) announces an innovative new initiative providing deans and other senior academic administrators across the health professions with the opportunity for professional enrichment in the area of interprofessional leadership and engagement. Facilitated by faculty from the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL), the IPEC Interprofessional Deans Leadership Program (IDLP) will be held November 29 – December 1, at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Learning Center in Washington, DC. This three-day, interactive professional development experience is customized to the needs of senior academic leaders with five or fewer years of experience from IPEC member associations’ schools.

“IPEC’s mission is to ensure that current and future health professionals are ready for the real world of interprofessional collaborative practice,” explains Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, IPEC president and president and CEO of the American Dental Education Association. “I am excited about the launch of this groundbreaking program and its emphasis on leading in an interprofessional environment.”

The IPEC IDLP curriculum is built around three core themes:

  • Professional and Personal Development: Provide professional enrichment activities and opportunities for participants to become better leaders of their staff, faculty, and students, and more effective managers of their institutions.
  • Interprofessionalism: Provide participants with an interprofessional orientation to leadership through discussions and case studies that demonstrate the power of collaborative approaches to common problems encountered by leaders across different academic professions.
  • Support: Create a network of colleagues who, through peer coaching and mentoring, can assist one another after the program concludes.

“AAL is honored to partner with such an impactful organization as IPEC, to bring to life a leadership development program that is solely focused on leading in an interprofessional environment,” says Dr. N. Karl Haden, AAL President. “Interprofessionalism and collaborative practice ensure enhanced accessibility and person-centered, team-based care, and improved health outcomes.”

The IPEC IDLP workshop is dedicated to schools affiliated with IPEC member associations. To apply, or for more information, visit or A tuition of $3,600 includes all program materials, meals and three nights of lodging at the Grand Hyatt Washington. The inaugural program is limited to 45 participants, with the selection process beginning in mid-August.