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 2018 IPEC 501 sessions are: 

  • August 16 - Faculty Orientation (Faculty only. No students.)
  • August 23 
  • August 30
  • September 6
  • September 13
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 4 
  • October 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15

Students will be notified of assigned team and location about a week prior to class via their respective programs, along with a link to the course eLearning site (formerly known as Blackboard).  


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.