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UW CAB III Schedule

  Sunday, November 20th

  • 11:00am-12:00pm (Session #3, Competency, Agave II&III – room capacity 100):  Discussion (45 minutes)—IPE Curricular Mapping (Nanci Murphy)
  • 12:30-1:30 Posters
  • 1:30-3:00 (Session # 4, Competency, Agave II&III – room capacity 100 people):  Workshop (60 minutes)—Teaching Error Disclosure Using Low Fidelity Simulation (Sarah Shannon, Karen McDonough, Brian Ross, Brenda Zierler)
  • 1:30-3:00 (Session #4, Competency, Seminar Room):  Discussion (30 minutes)—Troubleshooting Scheduling (Debra Liner, Erin Abu-Rish)
  • 3:30-5:00 (Session #5, Competency, Seminar Room): Workshop (75 minutes)—Teaching Team Communication to Senior Students Using Interprofessional Simulation Scenarios (Karen McDonough, Sarah Shannon, Brenda Zierler, Brian Ross)

Monday, November 21st

  • 9:30-10:30 (Session # 6, Development, Presidio Room):  Discussion (15 minutes)—Mainstreaming IPE by Leveraging Existing Faculty Development Resources: IPE Teaching Scholars Program (Brenda)
  • 10:45-12:15 (Session # 7, Policy, Coronado II):  Discussion (30 minutes)—Project Chance (Erin Abu-Rish, Kathryn Blondon, Nanci Murphy)


  • 12:30-1:30 Posters
  • 1:30-3:00 (Session # 8, Competency, Room TBD):  Workshop (45 minutes)—Working through challenges of reliably and validly assessing teamwork (Dana Hammer)
  • 1:30-3:00 (Session #8, Competency, Room TBD):  Paper (15 minutes)—Teaching Interprofessionalism:  Show Them, Don’t Tell Them by Using Vectors (Sarah Shannon) 

May 31-June 3, 2011 Interprofessional Training

May 31-June 3, 2011 marked a milestone for the University of Washington when over 300 students from the schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and the physician assistant program came together in the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) simulation labs at UW Harborview and the UW Medical Center to participate in the largest known student team training of its kind to have occurred in the country to date.

The goal of the training: to teach students the fundamental team communication skills they will need to use throughout their health professional careers.

“We work in teams in real life, yet nobody teaches you how to do it,” says anesthesiologist Dr. Dan Low, who volunteered to facilitate pediatric simulations at UWMC. “Breakdown in teamwork and communication is the number one root cause of sentinel medical events.”

Using human simulators and standardized actors as their “patients”, groups of students at each site rotated through three different rapidly changing, acute patient case scenarios and practiced collaborating as health care teams.  

Standardized patient CapstoneStandardized patient CapstoneA medical student leads the team in diagnosing symptoms of a patient during a chronic heart failure scenario.

For most of the students this would be their last official training session before graduating and entering their full-time professions. And for many students this was the first time they were given the opportunity throughout the course of their training to work alongside students from other professions to practice collaborating in patient care. Traditionally, each health profession trains its students in separate classes, using separate simulations, and with little overlap.

The May 31-June 3 all-professions training at the UW heath schools is changing that. This event, and several other ongoing programs and voluntary student service organizations, are initiatives sponsored by grants from the Josiah Macy Jr. and Hearst Foundations to Dr. Brenda K. Zierler, associate professor of biobehavioral nursing and health systems, and Dr. Brian K. Ross, professor of anesthesiology. As co-investigators of these grants, Drs Zierler and Ross worked with Dr. Karen McDonough (school of medicine), Dr. Leslie Carranza (school of medicine) Dr. Daniel Low (Seattle Children’s), Megan Sherman (coordinator of the ISIS simulation centers), and Debra Liner (Macy grant project manager), to plan and produce the week-long series of training sessions.

Also collaborating together to facilitate the training and scenarios were over 50 volunteer faculty instructors and staff from the health sciences schools, UW Medical Center, UW Harborview, Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Asked why he volunteered to facilitate this training, UW Harborview emergency room Dr Bill Hurley explained, "I have practiced emergency medicine for over 20 years and have found team leadership and communication skills as important or more important than the technical and clinical skills I was taught in medical school and residency. I was not formally taught such skills, so have sought opportunities to learn and teach them through [outside] training programs. Sharing such training with the students is challenging, but is one of the most rewarding things I have done in medicine."

Sharon CapstoneSharon Capstone

Nursing professor Sharon Wilson reviews case scenario roles with two nursing students.

The next All Health-Professions training session will take place in early March 2012. Nearly 500 students and 75 faculty members will come together for an afternoon of learning how to disclose errors to patients as health care teams. The sessions will be held in the Health Sciences Building.