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Highlighting IPE Faculty at UW

Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW- Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

This feature is part of a series highlighting the work of faculty teaching IPE at UW.

Janice Sabin, PhD, MSW is a Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, at the University of Washington and social work faculty in the Pediatric Pulmonary Center, an interprofessional education training program at Seattle Children's Hospital, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. She is also a former PPC social work trainee. Her area of expertise is racial/ethnic health care disparities with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms and pathways that lead to unequal treatment in health care. Her research lies at the intersection of social psychology, social inequality, social justice, and health services. For the past ten years, she has been building a program of original research using primary data collection methods to investigate the role of implicit bias in health care. She is one of the earliest investigators in the nation to apply the science of unconscious bias to health care disparities research.

Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW 

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How and why did you get involved with IPE?

Dr. Sabin: "I have been engaged in an interprofessional education program, the Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC), funded through the Maternal and child Health Bureau, Director Gregg Redding, MD, Chief of UW Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, for over a decade, first as a social work trainee in 2000-2001 and, since 2009, as faculty. The PPC has been based at Seattle Children’s Hospital since 1971, and in its current form since 1982. The PPC brings together faculty, graduate and post doctoral trainees, and fellows from the disciplines of medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, respiratory care, and a parent representative who work together for at least one year in the hospital setting to improve pediatric pulmonary care. We use innovative clinical training methods such as joint clinical training in the hospital at bedside, outpatient clinics and community settings, telehealth, home visits, case-based learning, and web-based learning. I am responsible for the health equity and disparities content of the curriculum. Evidence-based social determinants of health, health and healthcare disparities content are integrated into the PPC curriculum."

What do you believe are the benefits of IPE?

Dr. Sabin: "The SCH patient population is diverse, often from remote and rural areas of Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana, and medically complex, with children experiencing lifelong special health care needs. Team care is essential for this population of medically complex children, both during hospitalization and in ongoing outpatient care. Training pulmonary fellows, nurses, social workers, and nutritionists together from a public health and life course perspective prepares future clinicians for real world settings, and will ultimately benefit generations of children with special health care needs."

What has been the most memorable experience/highlight of teaching IPE so far?

Dr. Sabin: "PPC trainees work on a yearlong public health related capstone leadership project, mentored closely by faculty. Trainee projects that I have been privileged to mentor include a project focused on developing resources for siblings of children with special health care needs, optimizing the developmental years of age 10-13 to empower self management of medication for youth with asthma, and a literature review with recommendations for clinicians on how the practice of parent-infant skin to skin contact in the NICU can have longitudinal emotional and health benefits for premature infants."