Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education Expands to Include Two More Professions

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education (01/19/18)

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE) have teamed up with the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education, enabling jointly accredited interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) organizations to include physician assistants and optometrists in their education programs without needing to obtain separate accreditations with AAPA and COPE. The collaboration came about following requests from jointly accredited organizations and due to their commitment to team-based education. The aim is to increase the benefits that jointly accredited organizations already receive from the unified accreditation process and to support their efforts to deliver high-quality, effective IPCE that improves both team collaboration and patient care. "We celebrate our collaboration with our colleague accreditors, AAPA and COPE, because it empowers educators to expand the diversity of their IPCE programs. With IPCE, all voices are heard—and this collaboration promotes the involvement of more professions in improving team care for the patients we all serve," says Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, president and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

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