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Highlighting IPE Faculty at UW

Ross Ehrmantraut, RN, HRET Senior Fellow- UW Medicine

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

Ross Ehrmantraut, RN, has worked for UW Medicine, since 1984. He has worked as a staff nurse in the Burn Center and the Trauma ICU, was the Critical Care Educator, and most recently spent ten years as the Patient Safety Officer, all for Harborview Medical Center.  In January, 2014, he joined The Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) at UW Medicine as the Clinical Director for Team Training for all of UW Medicine. He is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, active in IPE, a recent graduate of the AHA/NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship and is a Patient Safety Senior Fellow for Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET).

Ross, Ehrmantraut, RN, HRET Senior Fellow

UW Medicine 

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How and why did you get involved with IPE?

Mr. Ehrmantraut: “I first became involved in IPE in 2008 when I became a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer and started to work with interprofessional groups on team training.  This has evolved into interprofessional including simulation scenarios, case studies and continued team training."

What do you believe are the benefits of IPE?

Mr. Ehrmantraut: "IPE provides an opportunity to improve patient safety and outcomes through better collaborative care between all professions.  Historically, training was profession specific and then we were asked to function as a team without ever practicing as a team.  IPE is the catalyst to decreasing the hierarchical culture in health care and improving communication and teamwork to positively impact patient care."

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

 Mr. Ehrmantraut: "I think having the opportunity to work with students from all the health sciences schools and watching them become more engaged as the year progresses has been the most rewarding part of teaching IPE.  I frequently get comments from participants about how valuable the education is.  In addition, when I hear from experienced health care providers that they wish this is something they would have had the opportunity to do early in their careers or in their schooling, it reinforces the importance of this program."