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UW's Center for Health Sciences IPE, Research & Practice is dedicated to:

  • Collaboration between health care professions
  • Faculty Development in technology and IPE
  • Interprofessional communication to improve patient safety

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IHI Interprofessional Shadowing Program Accepting Applications

The IHI Open School is accepting applications for the IHI Interprofessional Shadowing Program. Applications are due on Tuesday, October 7th. This student-led program offers the opportunity for all UW Health Sciences students to learn more about the different disciplines involved in patient care at the UW Medical Center.

As a student in the Interprofessional Shadowing program, you will have the opportunity to shadow one or more of the following professionals: physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, physical/occupational therapist, and administrator. If you're interested in participating, please submit both the application form and the certificate of completion by 5pm on 10/7. Hold space on your calendar for the orientation meeting on Monday, October 13th at 5:30 PM, should you be accepted.

For more information about how to apply, please contact ihileadership@uw.edu.


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UW IPE Faculty Scholar Receives Leadership Award

Congratulations to UW IPE Faculty Scholar Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN on receiving the 2014 Leadership Award from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis on Tuesday, September 22! UC Davis School of Nursing Dean Heather Young shared that "Dr. Zierler has worked with both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine to help us identify how we can improve our curriculum so that students are exposed to more interprofessional opportunities throughout their education." To read the full article from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing news webpage, click here.


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UW Health Sciences Common Book Series

Opportunities for students to increase knowledge about reducing medical errors and improving patient care in interprofessional settings, especially in cases when cultures clash. The kick-off meeting is at Rotunda (Magnuson Health Sciences Center) from 5:30pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Please come join us for the keynote addressed by Dr. Noel Chrisman, Professor of Psychosocial & Pommunity Health in the School of Nursing. Dinner will be provided!

Upcoming Discussion Sessions:
  • 2012/10/16 5:00-7:00PM
    School of Social Work Building, Room 305 AB (Hosted by School of Social Work & School of Nursing)
  • 2012/10/22 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Health Sciences Building, Room H105 (Hosted by School of Medex & School of Pharmacy)
  • 2012/11/15 5:00-7:00PM
    Health Sciences Building, Room T661 (Hosted by School of Dentistry & School of Rehab Medicine)
  • 2012/11/27 5:00-7:00PM
    Health Sciences Building, Room T553 (Hosted by School of Medicine & School of Public Health)

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UW School of Dentistry Forms Marathon Team to Support Oral Health

 

UW Oral health PhD candidate Wenjie Li  has formed a UW School of Dentistry team to participate in the annual 26-mile Rock and Roll Marathon on June 22 to raise funds to support a community outreach program that promotes oral health for women and children in need. Anyone interested in participating in either the marathon or the half-marathon is cordially invited to join the team.

The marathon begins at 7:00am at the Seattle Center. Participants of this team will not only be supporting oral heath, but they will also be experiencing beautiful scenery, live local bands, spirited cheer squads and other benefits along the way.

For more information about joining the UW School of Dentistry in this cause, please contact either Wenjii Li (liwenj87@uw.edu) or Heidi Sarff  (heidis4@uw.edu). For more information about the Rock and Roll Marathon, please visit the site.

Donations for the event are also welcome. Please visit this site to make a donation.

 


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Free Upcoming "Nursing Simulation Instructor Course"

On May 4th and June 8th, a free “Nursing Simulation Instructor Course” will be hosted by The Community Health Education and Simulation Center, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, and UW Medicine. This opportunity allows participants to spend a full day gaining beneficial learning experience from simulation experts. The objectives of this course are to:

1.      1. Discuss integrating simulation into curriculum

2.      2. Demonstrate debriefing methods

3.      3. Discuss steps to scenario development

4.      4. Identify equipment needs for scenario

5.      5. Develop and debrief a simulation scenario

Not only will participating students receive valuable training and a free lunch, but they will also earn 7 contact hours for continuing education credit. Registration is on a first-serve basis so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Register today!

 


ERIN BALDWIN AWARD

Erin Abu-Rish Blakeney RN, PhD-C: 2012 Baldwin Award Winner

Congratulations to Erin Abu-Rish Blakeney, RN, PhD-C for being announced the 2012 Baldwin Award Winner for being lead author on the manuscript titled “Current trends in interprofessional education of health sciences students: a literature review.” 

According to the Journal of Interprofessional Care Editor-In-Chief Scott Reeves, her IPE literature review is recognized as “research that will have the most influential impact on interprofessional education, research, or practice.” This paper was carefully selected by a panel of judges at the Journal of Interprofessional Care because it ‘not only makes a significant contribution to IPE literature but will also provoke questions and critiques, and will have a lasting value.’”  

Special thanks to everyone who collaborated on this project: Sara Kim, Lapio Choe, Lara Varpio, Andrew White, Karen Craddick, Katherine Blondon, Lynne Robins, Pamela Nagasawa, Elisabeth Malik, Lee-Ling Chen, Allison Thigpen, Joanne Rich, and Brenda Zierler.

 


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IPE Initiative Emphasizes Health Care Collaboration

by A. Jion Kim

Reprinted from The Daily

Early last month, nearly 600 students in the UW’s six health sciences schools — dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work — formed teams and discussed the fictitious case of patient “Gregory,” a 31-year-old male seen in the UW Dental Urgent Care Clinic for tooth pain. Each team generated ideas for the best methods of treatment, as well as ways to increase patient compliance and address possible barriers to Gregory’s health care.

The activity, “Providing Care Across Settings,” is the second in the seven-session series of the new Foundations of Interprofessional Practice (FIP)- — a year-long pilot curriculum emphasizing solving real health challenges in collaborative teams. FIP was established through the new Interprofessional Education (IPE) Initiative: Vision for a Collaborative Future, a team-based approach to teaching and delivering health care, which was launched last year.

While the IPE Initiative is new, interprofessional education has been a part of the UW for decades. Dr. Brenda Zierler, the Inaugural UW Health Sciences IPE Faculty Scholar and professor of biobehavioral nursing and health systems, said interprofessional education in the health-related fields has been ongoing since 1997. It was formally funded in 2000 from a University Initiatives Fund grant from the provost, with the establishment of the Center for Health Science Interprofessional Education under founding director Dr. Pamela Mitchell.

“The new initiative is based on a vision of the current health science deans, new accreditation standards and health care reform,” Zierler said. She is the principal investigator on the grants from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, which were instrumental in funding the early IPE activities and faculty development for IPE.

The deans of the pharmacy, public health, and nursing schools are relatively new, and Dr. Joel Berg was selected as the dean of the School of Dentistry in 2012. Despite the turnover in positions, all six health sciences deans quickly united in throwing their support behind the initiative.

“The fact that we have six deans working together because they believe in this concept shows great leadership,” Zierler said. “We couldn’t do this without them. They’re modeling the behavior we’re trying to teach.”

Zierler said a key goal of the initiative is to address the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Triple Aim. The IHI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that advocates health care improvement worldwide through the “triple aim”: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the cost of health care.

Another purpose of the IPE Initiative is to keep up with the changes in the health care field. As a member of the IPE envisioning committee the past year, Zierler examined trends in health care both nationally and internationally and worked with fellow committee members to create a vision for the initiative.

“[The IPE Initiative] is a reflection of the way the delivery of health care is changing, in going from a much more siloed, compartmentalized mode of health care to one which is really based on the provision of team participation, essentially,” School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Thomas Baillie said. “The interprofessional education initiative is a way … to make students more familiar with the concerns and activities of colleagues in other health sciences schools to promote more of a team approach.”

The health sciences students will be obtaining part of their interprofessional training through the seven sessions of the FIP curriculum. An interdisciplinary team of health sciences faculty designed each session to focus on at least one of four core competencies: values and ethics for interprofessional practice, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and teams and teamwork.

“As health practices become increasingly interdisciplinary, the IPE curriculum is giving students a framework and the skills to actually use in practice,” said assistant professor of social work Megan Moore, who was involved in the IPE curriculum planning. “The IPE goal is really to teach students from different professions how to work together to achieve excellent patient outcomes and deliver high quality care.”

The seven sessions are spread out over the course of the academic year.

The IPE Initiative will extend beyond the FIP curriculum. The bigger goal, Baillie said, is to gradually introduce interprofessional courses to students in all six health sciences schools over a period of time.

“All health care professionals are involved in working with other health care professionals,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, the dean of the School of Medicine. “Even, for example, a doctor or family physician in a very small town … will still be interacting with nurses and physician assistants and pharmacists and dentists … so regardless of the nature of the practice — whether it is in private practice or an academic setting of a teaching hospital like Harborview — all health professionals work in teams now.”

Reach Special Sections Editor A. Jion Kim at news@dailyuw.com. Twitter: @AJionKim


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“Speed Networking Social”- Hosted by the IHI Open School

The IHI Open School- UW Chapter kicked off Spring quarter on Thursday, April 3rd, with an interprofessional “Speed Networking” event. Students gathered at Mod Pizza on University Avenue for an opportunity to get to know their peers in the different health science professions. Similar to “speed dating”, students were split into pairs to “speed network.” In order to help elicit conversation between the pairs, students were provided a list of questions to refer to.  Sample questions included:

1.       How long is your program and what does it entail? Are there internship, fellowship, residency, etc. opportunities?

2.       How did you choose your program and what do you want to do in the future? What about this career appeals to you?

3.       What are some pros and cons for careers in your field?

4.       Why did you join IHI and what do you hope to gain as a member of the IHI chapter?

5.       In what ways do professionals in your field interact with other healthcare professionals?

After getting to know each other, the pairs were split again and each person was matched up with someone new. Over the course of the evening, all of the participants got the opportunity to chat and network with everyone who attended. During the event, students commented on how the setup was an excellent way to learn more about their peers and other disciplines. A special thanks to the IHI Open School regional organization for providing funding for pizza and beverages.

 


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TeamBITS Team Communication Training

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Washington hosted healthcare professional students for a week of immersive team-training simulation in the areas of Adult, Pediatric and OB/GYN Acute Care. The innovative Team-Based Interprofessional Training Simulations (TeamBITS) program allows students who typically train in specialty-specific environments to practice their skills together as they would in a real-world setting. Over four days, from May 19–22, 352 students came together from the Schools of Medicine (180 students), Nursing (123 BSN students), and Pharmacy (49 students) to participate in a total of 13 four-hour team training sessions at ISIS Simulation Centers at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center.

During the course of a team-training session, students have opportunities to discuss care options with simulated patients and their families (played by actors) and other health professionals participating in the simulation, voice concerns and make decisions in “real time”. Then, students and faculty debrief at the conclusion of the session. Faculty ask for feedback, “What went well? What could have gone better? How realistic was the scenario? How could we have provided a better/more relevant/more realistic experience?” Students overwhelmingly gave positive responses to their experiences.

“Very useful skills! I didn't realize the deficits in my knowledge of each person’s roles until we started working as a team—this will help me so much in future,” said a medical student.

“This type of IPE was the most useful of all and this should be done multiple times,” shared a pharmacy student.

Said another medical student, “I feel that I haven't had much exposure [up] to this point and feel it's an important piece of medical education.  It would be wonderful to do this earlier in our curriculum and several times, as opposed to just this one time.”

A nursing student shared, “Excellent prep for interprofessional settings.  I think this is so important for us about to graduate.”

In response to the need for effective communication training for health professions students, the University of Washington received funding in 2008 from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and Hearst Foundation (over $1 million) to develop an interprofessional curriculum for healthcare professional students based on the Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) model of effective communication (Project Co-PIs: Dr. Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN and Dr. Brian Ross, PhD, MD). Since this time, faculty and other representatives from the UW Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and MEDEX (Physician’s Assistant) program have developed a truly interprofessional training curriculum for these students. Led by the efforts of Dr. Brian Ross, PhD, MD, Karen McDonough, MD, and Dr. Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN, and additionally supported by faculty and staff from Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center and Health Sciences Schools, and Seattle Children’s Hospital, the resulting experience combines both clinical practice and team skills in a simulated training environment. The goal of this training program is to promote high-quality, patient-centered healthcare by training healthcare professionals to communicate more effectively with each other and with patients during challenging clinical situations. This format of interprofessional education is quickly becoming a model for healthcare professional training across the country.


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New Faculty Development Guide for IPE Facilitation

University of Washington IPE faculty member Brenda Zierler from the School of Nursing and Leslie Hall from the University of Missouri School of Medicine published an introductory guide to IPE faculty development for facilitation of IPE and collaborative care training in the August issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. The need for IPE and collaborative care training experiences for health professions students is increasing as more health professions schools are required to incorporate IPE training into curriculum to meet national accreditation standards. In turn, the need for faculty training in IPE and collaborative care facilitation is increasing. 

Hall and Zierler’s guide focuses on strategies for developing faculty to effectively facilitate IPE using a series of didactic presentations, small group activities, and immersion experiences with direct involvement in IPE facilitation to build interprofessional leadership skills. Click here to read their full article.


Featured Faculty

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Highlighting IPE Faculty at UW

Peter Rabinowitz, MD MPH, UW School of Public Health

Dr. Peter Rabinowitz has recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington, where he is Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Department of Global Health, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Dr. Rabinowitz received his BA from Amherst College, MD from the University of Washington, and MPH from Yale University. He has completed residency training in Family Medicine (UCSF) as well as fellowships in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He is also adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine in the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program of the Yale School of Medicine.


What is IPE?

IPE (Interprofessoinal Education) is an approach to teaching and learning that brings together students from two or more professions to learn about, from and with each other in service of enabling effective collaboration. Its goal is to improve health outcomes through the education of a collaborative practice-ready workforce that is prepared to respond to local health needs. (WHO, 2010)


Contact Us

Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education
Box 357266
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-221-7697
Fax: 206-543-4771


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IHI Open School — UW Chapter

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The IHI Open School is a free, multidisciplinary organization for students who are interested in advancing skills in patient safety and quality improvement. The IHI Open School - UW Chapter is a student organization on the Uniiversity of Washington campus. It seeks to promote ways to improve patient safety and quality of care, to recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration in both education and practice, and to provide a venue for networking.