Foundations of Interprofessional Practice Course

About the Course

The Foundation of Interprofessional Practice Course (IPEC 501) is the introductory experience in interprofessional practice for health professional students. Enrolling students from all health science schools, the one-credit course uses an interprofessional team-based approach to examine how we delivery care. In a team of about six members from across health science schools, students learn about the healthcare system, the role of teams in care, and how individual professions fit into the teams. The students work together to produce learning products to synthesize this education and demonstrate the collaborative competency needed in a modern healthcare professional.

All sessions take place on Thursday afternoons and will typically follow this schedule:

  • 3:30-3:55: Faculty just-in-time
  • 4:00-5:30: Live classroom instruction typically in assigned locations in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center Learning Studios (5-8)

Fall 2017 IPEC 501 sessions are: 

  • August 17 - Faculty Orientation (Faculty only. No students.)
  • August 24 - Student orientation.  Students with last name starting with: 
    • A-I will meet in the Egyptian Building Baruch Auditorium at 1223 E. Marshall St. 
    • J-Z will meet in the Kontos Medical Sciences Building (KMSB) Auditorium at 1217 E. Marshall St.
  • August 31
  • September 7
  • September 14
  • September 21
  • September 28
  • October 5
  • October 12
  • October 19
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16

Course eLearning (formerly known as Blackboard) site will be made available to students on 22AUG2017.

2016 IPEC 501 Awesome Video Award

Nearly 500 health sciences students and 20 faculty concluded the 2016 Foundations in Interprofessional Practice course this month. Eighty-eight student teams presented their capstone projects -- patient-centric instructional video on the benefits of interprofessional collaborative practice -- to peers and faculty. Team 6-08A’s project, Cameron’s Interprofessional Care, was recognized by peers and faculty with the 2016 IPEC 501 Awesome Video Award. Faculty facilitator Carole Ivey, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions; Kelly O’Beirne - Nursing, Michelle Flewitt - Physical Therapy, Ashley Andersen - Nursing, Cameron Birrell - Dentistry, Catherine Morgan Morrell - Pharmacy.  

See their video at




Sharon Lanning, D.D.S.

Associate Professor of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

Sharon Lanning is an associate professor of dentistry and member of the IPE Leadership team. Dr. Lanning is the course director of the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice Course for beginning level health care students within VCU’s Schools of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy.  She is an experienced clinician and teacher having served on a number of national committees focusing on advances in dental education. 


Planning Committee

Lisa S. Anderson, MPH

School of Medicine


Darci Bowles, Ph.D.(c), RN, CNML

Clinical Assistant Professor of Adult Health and Nursing Systems
School of Nursing


Jonathan DeShazo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and MHA Program Director
School of Allied Health


Carole Ivey, Ph.D., OTR/L

School of Allied Health Professions


Kelly Lockeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Kelly Lockeman joined VCU IPE in 2013 to coordinate evaluation efforts for the Center for Interprofessional Education. She has been engaged in research on outcomes of an interprofessional case conference for early learners, a virtual case activity and interprofessional critical care simulations for senior students, and development of a measure for self-efficacy on the IPEC competencies, as well as a number of other data analysis projects. 


Michelle McGregor, R.D.H., B.S., M.Ed.

School of Dentistry


Elizabeth Micalizzi, M.B.A., PMP, CCRP

Director, Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
and Administrative Director, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Elizabeth Micalizzi, MBA, PMP, CCRP is the Director of Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology in the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, and the Administrative Director for the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care.  Ms. Micalizzi brings almost 20 years professional history in the academic medical center in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, instructional development, multi-media design, as well as complex project management in health sciences and integrated techhnology in clinical research.


Patricia Slattum, Pharm.D., CGP

School of Pharmacy


Shawne Soper, PT, DPT, MBA

School of Allied Health Professions