IPEC Core Competencies Revision, 2021-2023

This page will house FAQs and other information about the revision project.

In May 2021, IPEC announced plans to begin a formal process to review and revise the 2016 IPEC Core Competencies.

The IPEC Core Competencies (CC) have helped to frame the national dialogue on the need for interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (CP) as a catalyst for improving teambased patient care and enhancing population health outcomes.

Key drivers for the 2021-2023 revision include the need to empower the IPE community with the best available evidence and research related to IPE and CP; conduct a cyclical review on common definitions for competence, competency and competency framework; and ensure that this framework accurately reflects any changes in research, policy, and practice.

The update process is slated to begin in June 2021 with a tentative release in early 2023

View full news release here.

Project Members

The Core Competencies Revision Project will involve a Leadership Group, Advisory Group and Working Group.



Leadership Group

The Leadership Group (LG) will consist of the current IPEC Board of Directors. The LG will approve the priorities and strategic direction of the project.

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group (AG) will serve as the planning and coordinating advisory body for specific issues which are key topics in the update and revision process of the IPEC CC. The AG will consist of 8 IPEC member association staff to represent a diversity of disciplines. To ensure synergy with IPEC initiatives, AG members also serve on the IPEC Planning Committee.

Advisory Group members are:

  • Tanya Smith Brice, MSW, PhD, Council on Social Work Education
  • Lisa Howley, PhD, MEd, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Kathy McGuinn, MSN, RN, CPHQ, FNAP, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Shelley McKearney, Interprofessional Education Collaborative
  • Kelly Ragucci, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Mark Speicher, PhD, MHA, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jeffery Stewart, DDS, MS, American Dental Education Association
  • Elizabeth Weist, MA, MPH, CPH, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

Working Group

The Working Group (WG) will serve as the key functioning unit for the review of evidence and generation of main proposals for the revision of the IPEC Core Competencies and will work alongside an Advisory Group to provide recommendations. The WG comprises a panel of IPE and CP leaders and experts from across the nation, representing over 200 years of combined experience. The Working Group consists of a total of 23 members from all 21 IPEC member associations, including two active students in health professions programs.

Working Group members include:

  • Amy Akerman, MPAS, PA-C, University of Colorado
  • Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, FASAHP, FNAP, Saint Louis University
  • Tamara Cadet, PhD, MSW, University of Pennsylvania
  • Gerard Carrino, PhD, MPH, Texas A&M University
  • Hector Chapa, MD, FACOG, Texas A&M University
  • Clista Clanton, MSLS, University of South Alabama
  • Samantha Davis, MS, RRT, RRT-NPS, CHSE, Boise State University
  • Kathrin Eliot, PhD, RDN/LD, FAND, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Kim Fenesy, DMD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Allison Fialkowski, BSN, Harvard University
  • Amber Fitzsimmons, PT, MS, DPTSc, University of California, San Francisco
  • Denise Freeman, DPM, MSE, Des Moines University
  • Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Luke Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, FNAOME, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Tiffany Parisi, MPH, CPH, MA, Fielding Graduate University
  • Sabrina Salvant, EdD, MPH, OTR/L, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Preetideep Singh, MD, Southern California University of Health Sciences
  • John Tegzes, MA, VMD, Dipl. ABVT, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Frances Vlasses, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Loyola University Chicago
  • Tracy Wang, OD, FAAO, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jennifer Watson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCFS, FNAP, ASHA-F, Texas Christian University
  • Amy Williams, PhD, LP, HSP, Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University
  • Joseph Zorek, PharmD, BCGP, FNAP, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Group Charge

AG and WG members are charged to:

  • Elicit feedback about the existing IPEC Core Competencies from education and practice communities
  • Consider other literature depicting the competencies and/or IPECP job functions and roles
  • Ensure the competencies remain relevant in an evolving field of IPECP and continue to meet workforce needs
  • Propose modifications for consideration by IPEC and others, including learners, educators, patients, families, carers, and community partners

Revision Process

After the project team offers their proposals and suggestions, IPEC will work with its members, external stakeholders, and communities of interest on eliciting additional input and feedback.