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Highlighting IPE Faculty at UW

Linda Vorvick, MD- MEDEX, UW School of Medicine

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

Linda Vorvick, MD grew up in Seattle, lived in Chicago during college, and returned to medical school at the University of Washington.  She chose the UW School of Medicine because of its reputation in Family Medicine and her strong desire to take care of “real people” and not be an academic.  Her residency training was at the Providence Family Practice Residency in Seattle, where care for urban and underserved populations was emphasized.  She joined a private practice in north Seattle where she saw a wide range of family medicine patients and also practiced obstetrics for 11 years.  Her strong interest in administrative medicine led to a second career in medical group administration and work for a health plan and a pharmaceutical company.  From this varied background the opportunity to teach physician assistant students at MEDEX arose, and she has been a faculty member for the past 10 years.

“Teaching at MEDEX Northwest is a privilege; I am able to use my primary care and underserved experience to impact the future health of patients seen by graduates of the program.  As the Director of Academic Affairs my educational goal is to transform our teaching by increasing interactive classroom activities and increase the use of technology in learning.” – Linda Vorick, MD

Linda Vorvick, MD- UW School of Medicine

Interim Director, Medical Director and Director of Academic Affairs

MEDEX Northwest, Physician Assistant Training Program, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine

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Why (and how) did you get involved with IPE?

Dr. Vorvick:  "From the very start of my training in family medicine I practiced as part of an interprofessional team. When I came to teaching at MEDEX Northwest, the physician assistant training program, it was natural to seek out interprofessional experiences for our students.  Physician assistants practice in a team environment, so interprofessional education helps our students transition to their new roles and helps other students understand the roles and scope of practice of PAs."

What do you believe are the benefits of IPE?

Dr. Vorvick: “Joining the MACY grant for interprofessional education gave me a wonderful opportunity to increase my skills as an interprofessional faculty member. I continue to seek out interprofessional activities for our faculty and students.  Currently our students participate multiple case days with nursing, nurse practitioner, medicine, and pharmacy students.  These opportunities help our students transition to their new roles as physician assistants, and helps other students understand the roles and scope of practice of PAs."

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

Dr. Vorvick: “The highlight of teaching in an interprofessional manner is to see our students grow into their own professional role as they deepen their understanding about how they will work on teams with other professions.  The human connections that are made in these events that will improve the care of our future patients."