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.

Read Charlotte Sanders (pictured above) on taking a holistic approach to social work.

Here are some case studies highlighting benefits of an interprofessional education:

  • Being 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. 
  • Asking 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.
  • Understanding the patient: Panel discussions, which often kick off IPE sessions, can provide important insight into patient groups as demonstrated in a presentation on working with veterans, featuring MSW student and veteran Paul Stayback.
  • Working 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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