IPASS Overview for Faculty


A standardized hand-off system, I-PASS, is used by residents at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center who are completing call or duty hours and transferring care to an incoming team. IPASS is demonstrated to reduce communication failures that can lead to medical errors or preventable adverse events. However, faculty overseeing residents are unfamiliar with I-PASS or the tools in the EPIC EHR to assist in its use. This activity is to educate Baylor faculty about IPASS to ensure that hand off is done properly.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for Baylor St. Luke's clinical faculty responsible for overseeing care teams in the hospital.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • List the components of IPASS
  • Outline a standardized patient hand off in IPASS format and the importance of utilizing system
  • Classify patients as stable, watcher, or star
  • Build an IPASS list in EPIC




Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation, and possible bias.

Learning Objectives


    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • 0.25 Participation
    Course opens: 
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    This activity is in an online video module format and includes one didactic presentation.

    To receive a certificate you should:

    1. View the presentation in this enduring material.
    2. Complete and submit the evaluation form.
    3. The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 0.25 hour(s).


    January 2022 through January 2024. Original release date: January 2022 


    This activity is designed for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only. Information and opinion offered by the contributors represent their viewpoints. Conclusions drawn by the participant should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. Prescription information and use of medical devices should be undertaken only after confirmation of information by consulting the FDA-approved uses and information.

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    Allison Heinen, D.O. - Activity Director and Presenter
    Assistant Professor, Medicine-General Medicine
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

    Michael Fordis, M.D. - Co-Activity Director
    Director, Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies, Senior Assoc. Dean and Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

    Josh Hirsch, MD - Planning Committee Member
    Chief Resident
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose


    Peer Reviewer

    In January 2022, this continuing medical education online enduring activity was reviewed by: Galant, Chan, M.D. To ensure the continued scientific relevance of this enduring material, its content will be reviewed again in January 2024.

    Galant Chan, M.D. 
    Assistant Professor, Medicine-Infectious Disease
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Disclosure: Nothing to disclose

    Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

    Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Available Credit

    • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • 0.25 Participation
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