IPEP’s mission is to promote relational learning for health care professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice



The Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP) offers a wide range of educational workshops and activities focused on difficult conversations in healthcare. All educational offerings are based on a robust approach to practice-based, experiential learning, utilizing live enactments, evocative trigger films, and engaged discussion to explore and improve a particular area of clinical practice. Learn more.


Our Leadership Team and Faculty Associates are available to provide consultation to healthcare practitioners and educators who want to develop programs within their own institutions. Learn more.


The IPEP leadership team and IPEP faculty are involved in a wide range of research projects aimed at documenting the qualitative and quantitative impact of our work. These research efforts have led to several recent publications which, along with case commentaries and papers which outline our pedagogical approach to relational learning. Learn more.

From our PERCS Germany partner:

PERCS-Germany Responds to Influx of Refugees
Early last fall, the first PERCS-style interprofessional workshop for medical and nursing students, as well as medical interpreters was launched at PERCS-Germany. In response to the language barriers arising due to the wave of refugees reaching Europe, international IPEP Faculty developed a German PERCS Medical Interpreter workshop where participants learned about each other’s experiences regarding language recognition differences and strategies to overcome them. With the inclusion of live enactments, participants experienced and practiced collaborating with interpreters and non-German speaking actors. Luckily, the project is expected to continue to grow, with funding from the local state government for the next two years, along with a potential partnership with Refudocs, an organization dedicated to the medical care of refugees, asylum seekers and their children. This organization has expressed interest in professionalizing their collaboration with medical interpreters using the PERCS Germany workshop and pedagogy.
This initiative has been in development since early March 2015, with much of the energy for the project coming from Thorsten Langer, MD, an international IPEP research fellow.