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Interprofessional Education & Research

What is IPE?

Interprofessional Education (IPE) occurs when two or more [health] professions learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.

Where is IPE?

Interprofessional education is available for students, faculty, and researchers at all Texas A&M Health Science Center colleges and campuses.

IPER Mission

The Texas A&M Health (TAMU Health) Office of Interprofessional Education & Research (IPER) is dedicated to creating and sustaining a culture of collaboration among the health care professions.

Partnering with the colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health, the primary function of this office is to support interprofessional education (IPE) across all components so that our students consistently receive high-quality training that engenders collaborative practice and better health outcomes.

IPER's mission, which was developed collaboratively with the partner colleges, is to:

  • provide faculty and students with transformative interprofessional learning experiences that support the development of skills needed for patient-centered, collaborative practice;
  • advance research and scholarly activity of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice; and
  • advance the practice of effective and efficient interprofessional team-based care to improve individual patient and population health outcomes.

This mission is aligned with the TAMU Health's mission, which is to provide "excellence in education, discovery, clinical care and health promotion," to establish a culture of interprofessional education across all colleges, and to facilitate the development of interprofessional programs that will enhance diversity and encourage cultural competence.

IPER's mission is further aligned with the broader university mission, which is to deliver "the highest quality undergraduate and graduate programs" and foster "new understandings through research and creativity" as well as the three strategic imperatives, or "pillars," outlined by TAMU President Michael K. Young: transformational learning, discovery and innovation, and impact.

IPER follows the educational practice domains and core competencies of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative.

Chris Kaunas, MPH

Executive Director 

8441 Riverside Pkwy
Clinical Bldg. 1, Suite 3113
Bryan, TX 77807-1359
Phone: 979.436.9117
Email: ckaunas@tamu.edu

Kim Zemanek, PhD

Assistant Director

8441 Riverside Pkwy
Clinical Bldg. 1, Suite 3110
Bryan, TX 77807-1359
Phone: 979.436.9115
Email: kzemanek@tamu.edu