Shelene Thomas, DPT, EdD, GCS, FNAP
Director of Interprofessional Education
Rocky Vista University
Shelene Thomas, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, FNAP is Director of Interprofessional Education and Associate Professor at Rocky Vista University. Dr. Thomas' interest in IPE has led to positions on National IPE Consortia (NIPEC), a mentor in the American Interprofessional Healthcare Collaborative (AIHC) and a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. As a physical therapist, she continues her discipline expertise at Regis University and University of Colorado in areas related to geriatrics as an APTA Geriatric Certified Specialist. As an expert in healthcare education, she serves as a Team Lead for the Commission of Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Preparing students to work in complex healthcare environments calls for educational innovations to prepare for a collaborative workforce. In educational settings, health profession students are expected to learn from each other through interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives. To provide this education, agencies like the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), recommend including outcome-based goals to assess the learner on attaining interprofessional competencies established for collaborative practice. One teaching strategy incorporates the element of outcome-based goals using…
Interprofessional education is an essential component of every health care professional’s training.1 Since 2016 when the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) added interprofessional education to required elements in Physical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students have been training in this to contribute their own profession’s specialized knowledge as well as be a part of a team that ultimately improves patient outcomes.2 The Interprofessional Professionalism Assessment (IPA)3 has been a tool used to assess DPT students’ competence in this area. Gaps…