Interprofessional Education Collaborative

The Des Moines Area Interprofessional Education Collaborative (DMAIPEC) promotes collaboration among students from multiple health care professions to assist them in developing the necessary skills to work in a team based health care environment. Training opportunities emphasize the roles and responsibilities of health care providers in providing ethical patient centered-care.

News About IPE

A Force For Interprofessional Health Care Teams
Important health organizations including the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Practice and the American Public Health Association support IPE for training health professionals to provide high-quality patient-centered care. 

Dr. Julie Ronnebaum, P.T., D.P.T., Ph.D., recognized this demand. She earned a doctoral degree in interprofessional health care students and most recently a certification of completion in the mentoring program of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Upon doing so, Dr. Ronnebaum has become a driving force behind interprofessional education (IPE).

Read the Full Story
Aspiring Health Professionals to Get "Interprofessional"
More than 1,000 health and medical science students from DMU, Drake University, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Grand View University and Mercy College of Health Sciences came together Friday, Feb 22. 2019 for an afternoon of networking and learning from and with each other.

This was the fifth annual Interprofessional Education (IPE) Student Day, held at Valley Church in West Des Moines. The event engaged future physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, nurses and others in a case study designed to demonstrate how each profession can contribute to the patient’s treatment plan.

Read the Full Story

Student Testimonials about IPE Day

Megan Kingston - College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Megan Kingston“Interprofessional clinical practice benefits patients and their families by providing a variety of high quality care recommendations gained from experiences in different medical disciplines. The health care team is determined to create a patient-centered care plan that considers all aspects of patient lives to promote lifelong wellness.”

- Megan Kingston, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Des Moines University)

Phillip Leff - Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Student

Phillip Leff“I learned a lot about how the different professions think about the same problem. Even though we were all given the same patient presentation, we were all thinking about different aspects of the case, and thinking of ways that we could help the patient the most.”

- Phillip Leff, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Student (Des Moines University)

Alex Mickelson - Doctor of Physical Therapy Student

Alex Mickelson“Something that I learned during the IPE was the importance of knowing and developing a good relationship with your pharmacist, just as you would with any other medical professional that you frequently visit. Having an established relationship with a pharmacist is invaluable as they can provide you with insight on medication management to improve your quality of life.”

- Alex Mickelson, Doctor of Physical Therapy Student (Des Moines University)

Ashley Sibenaller - Nursing Student

Ashley Sibenhaller"These events benefit me by gaining a better understanding of the roles of other health care professionals. By learning to collaborate with other professions as students, I can better transition these practices into my future roles in health care."

- Ashley Sibenaller, Nursing Student (Grand View University)