Competencies for Integrated Practice

ACIH's collaborative process on the Competencies for Optimal Practices in Integrated Environments (September 2010) ran roughly parallel in time to the work of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) on the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (February 2011). ACIH's work was a collaboration of academics from five disciplines(chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, direct-entry midwifery). The IPEC collaboration includes six disciplines (medicine (MD), nursing, osteopathy, pharmacy, dentistry, public health).

After IPEC's document was published, the ACIH Education Working Group engaged a line by line examination of the two documents to determine the level of alignment. The group determined that the content substantially overlapped and recommended endorsing all of the 4 IPEC competency fields (1-4, below) with one change, VE11. In addition, the group added two more competency fields: Competency 5, because evidence is a key language of collaboration and integration; and Competency 6, to reflect the learning opportunities that are missed
by students who are not principally educated in conventional academic health centers and institutions.

The ACIH Board of Directors endorsed these changes in October 2011. (These three additions are marked with ^ in the document.)

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