Transforming learning for tomorrow’s health professional

Interprofessional education (IPE) integrates teaching and learning across the UW's six health sciences schools. The goal is to transform the curriculum, re-imagine classroom facilities, and reshape pedagogical approaches to health sciences training, education and research. The initiative is spearheaded by the UW Board of Health Sciences Deans, representing dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work. This innovative collaboration supports a cross-discipline, team-based learning experience for all health sciences students.

Here are some strategies and benefits of an interprofessional education:

  • Be the first: The UW health sciences schools are the first in the country to offer an interprofessional course on homelessness for UW students through Medex Northwest. 
  • Ask big questions: The IPE process encourages students to ask big questions about specific health issues, such as tooth decay in children as explored in this IPE session.
  • Take a holistic approach: At its core, social work is about looking at a patient in a more holistic way. Social work teaching associate Charlotte Sanders (pictured above) talks about what it means for social workers to be a core part of health care teams in this interview.
  • Work as a team: The IPE approach provides perspective on complex health care issues that require an expert team, not a team of experts.

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