How to Start an IPE Student Interest Group at Your School

1. Identify a group of students who are interested in Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPE)
  • Look at current student organizations to see if there are existing student groups that share similar IPE interests
  • Ensure that student organization representatives reflect all health disciplines offered at your institution
2. Identify one, or ideally, multiple faculty advisors that represent different professions at your school.
3. Create a vision and mission statement for your IPE organization
  • This statement should reflect on the following questions: “What do you want the organization to do?”; “What are the goals of the organization?”;What makes this IPE organization unique from other student organizations?”
4. Register your IPE interest group with your institutions Student Affairs Office to become a formally recognized student organization
  • Performing the prior steps will assist with registration as likely this information will be required in the application process
5. Create a constitution and by-laws that your IPE interest group will follow
  • Identify potential communication channels to advertise information about your IPE interest group.
  • Establishing communication with students in different health disciplines is required for proper interprofessional activities and interactions
  • Identifying communication leads within the different professional schools in one method to ensure access to each health professional schools’ communication channels
6. Think about sustainability strategies for the organization to ensure smooth transitions in leadership after students graduate from their programs.



How to identify an advisor/mentor for your organization?
  • Look for faculty that are involved in IPE related activities
  • Look to see if your school offers IPE courses that are open to different health professional students. If so, reach out to the course director(s).
  • Talk with your academic advisor. They probably have better knowledge of various faculty interests.
What are the benefits of creating a formal student organization?
  • Allows your organization to apply for funding for various events.
  • Allows your organization to participate in recruitment fairs
  • Allows your organization to utilize university space and resources for meetings and events