Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW
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."