Center for Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (IPERP)

Gulf Medical University has recently established a Center for Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (IPERP) with the purpose of fostering interprofessional education and collaborative research and practice. The Center is well positioned to work in collaboration with different Colleges and Institutes within Gulf Medical University and Thumbay healthcare institutions in its Academic Health System. The Center is also well connected with national and international institutions to promote interprofessional education, research and practice. Being a role model in the region, the GMU Academic Health System drives positive changes in health professions education, research and practice in order to best serve the community in Ajman and UAE.


To be a leading center of excellence in interprofessional education, research, and practice in the Middle East region for sustainable community development and a resource for other universities in the region.


To advance patient-centred collaborative healthcare practice in UAE through integration of interprofessional education, research and practice in order to provide the highest quality of health professions education and patient care.

Key Objectives

  • Establish integrated educational model promoting inter-professional competencies in undergraduate health profession curricula.
  • Reduce barriers between health professions student groups through early implementation of inter professional education.
  • Improve collaboration between healthcare professionals to provide the highest quality of patient care.
  • Develop a generation of competent clinical leaders who will play a pivotal role in improving patient care through interprofessional collaborative practice.
  • Utilize interprofessional research for sustainable community development.

Research & Publications

  • Lockeman, K., Thomas, D., Dow, A., Willson, M., Sridhar, S. and Zorek, J.A., 2022. I2C2: An international interprofessional clinical case competition for health professions students. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice29, p.100548. [link]
  • Donnelly, F., Gordon, S., Lawn, S., Schoo, A., Thomas, J. and White, K., 2023. Guarded reciprocity: A study of managers expectations of graduates interprofessional practice (IPP) skills and knowledge. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice31, p.100620. [link]
  • Thomas, D., Maas, M., Babu, T. and Cooper, J., 2022. The neuron model: An educational tool for evidence-based practice and interprofessional care. Pharmacy Education22(1), pp.424-427. [link]
  • Thomas, D., Zachariah, S., Baker, D., Cooper, J., Sreedharan, J. and Khalifa, S., 2022. Impact of educational intervention in evidence-based drug information in interprofessional practice at a tertiary-level care hospital. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice27, p.100496. [link]
  • Gillani, S.W., AzharA., Shadab, A. and Gulam, S.M., 2022. Perceptions and barriers of health-care professionals to develop and implement interprofessional education in UAE: A qualitative study. Journal of Education and Health Promotion11. [link]
  • Mukhtar, M., Thomas, D., Mohiuddin, G.S., Hiselius, J., & Burton, A. Effectiveness of Clinical Pharmacist Collaborative Care in Resolution of Antibiotic Drug-Related Problems in an Intensive Care Unit. The Internet Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2020; 18(1): 1-7. [link]
  • Thomas, D., Cooper, J., & Maas, M. (2020). Neuron Model of Interprofessional Education and Evidence-Based Practice. INNOVATIONS in pharmacy11(3), 15-15. [link]
  • Al-Salloum JThomas D, AlAni G, Singh B. Interprofessional Care of Emergency Department Doctors and Pharmacists: Crossing a Collaboration Chasm. Inov Pharm [Internet]. 2020 Jun 9. [link]
  • Khan, N.S., Shahnaz, S.I., Gomathi, K.G. Currently available tools and teaching strategies for the interprofessional education of students in health professions: Literature review. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal. (2016) [link]


April, 2023

Gulf Medical University Contributes to the 2023 IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

April 25, 2023

Dr. Eman El-labbad, Assistant Dean of Assessment and Evaluation College of Pharmacy and Director of the Centre of Interprofessional Education Research and Practice at...

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March, 2023

GMU CoP Participates in Interprofessional World Kidney Day Community Engagement Event

March 14, 2023

In honor of World Kidney Day, students from the College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and College of Health Sciences came together to organize a community engagement...

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Center of Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice at Gulf Medical University Organize Faculty Development Workshop on “Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice”

March 4, 2023

3-4th March 2023, The Center of Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice (IPERP) at Gulf Medical University (GMU) organized a two-day faculty development...

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February, 2023

Dr. Eman El-Labbad Speaks at The Interprofessional Global Café Session “Innovations and Updates from the United Arab Emirates”

February 20, 2023

On February 20, 2023, Dr. Eman El-Labbad Assistant Dean of Assessment and Evaluation, College of Pharmacy, Director Center of Interprofessional Education, Research, and...

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January, 2023

Gulf Medical University – Washington State University Interprofessional Vaccination Workshop 2023

January 12, 2023

On January 12th, 2023, an interprofessional Flu & COVID-19 Vaccination Training Workshop was arranged in collaboration with Washington State University (WSU). In a...

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November, 2022

College of Dentistry organized an Interprofessional Education Activity shared by the students of Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy ‘To learn about, from, and with each other’

November 22, 2022

College of Dentistry organized an Interprofessional Education (IPE) activity on the 22nd of November 2022 on the topic ‘Management of Dental Periapical Abscess’....

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September, 2022

GMU Co-Organizer and Contributor to the Second Annual International Interprofessional Case Competition

September 11, 2022

On Sunday 11th September 2022, around 30 students from 8 international institutions participated in the orientation session for “The Second International...

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July, 2022

International Pharmaceutical Students Federation Invites GMU’s Dr. Ahmad El Ouweini to Speak to Pharmacy and Medicine Students on Interprofessional Clinical Skills Competition

July 25, 2022

The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) was founded in 1949. The Federation now represents approximately 500,000 pharmacy students and recent...

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June, 2022

Physiotherapy and Laboratory Sciences Students of CoHS, GMU conduct Interprofessional Community Activity for Thumbay Group HR Professionals

June 10, 2022

Students and faculty of the Department of Physiotherapy in association Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences organized inter-professional community health service...

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May, 2022

GMU’s Partnership with VCU takes interprofessional education to new heights

May 26, 2022

On May 26, 2022, Gulf Medical University hosted a webinar by Dr. Kelly Lockeman, Virginia Commonwealth University (VC): “Strategies for Maximizing the Impact of an...

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