Foundations of Interprofessional Practice Course Launches

On August 27th, the first, large-scale for-credit course launched at VCU. Foundations of Interprofessional Practice, or IPEC 501, will enroll about 500 students from all five health science schools. The course, led by Sharon Lanning from the School of Dentistry, also includes faculty from all of the health science schools.


Sharon Lanning leads the orientation of the Foundation of Interprofessional Practice course.


Because of the size of the course, Alan Dow led the orientation of the second half of the students in the Egyptian Building.

Because of the course’s size, the initial class session was held concurrently across two large auditoriums at the University. For most of the rest of the course, the students will work in interprofessional teams of about six students and be guided by a specific faculty member. Through the course, the students will work together and learn from each other about the roles and responsibilities of different professions, principles that guide effective teams, and the interaction between teams and the broader healthcare system.