Few interprofessional education (IPE) models include patients and caregivers. To address this, we developed a novel model for teaching IP communication which included patients and caregivers as team members. We describe the model and our use of it in several health professions education curricula. We report preliminary data from learners regarding their experiences learning and utilizing the model as part of their IPE. Overall the model was positively viewed by students, although the perceived value of learning activities involving the model varied by discipline. Physical therapy, nursing and pharmacy students valued the IPE model most, whereas medical students valued it the least.