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Highlighting IPE Faculty at UW

Nanci Murphy, PharmD, RPh

Director of Student Leadership Programs, School of Pharmacy

Co-Director, Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice

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

Dr. Nanci Murphy completed her undergraduate pharmacy degree at Washington State University and her doctoral degree as well as two post-graduate programs (Teaching Scholars and Geriatric Pharmacy Practice) at the University of Washington. Dr. Murphy is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Director of Student Leadership Programs at the School of Pharmacy and Co-Director of the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice. She previously served as Associate Dean and Executive Head of the Office of Academic and Student Programs at the School of Pharmacy and helped found the Center for Pharmacy Leadership and Professional Excellence and the Bridges to Health Patient Advocacy Center. Dr. Murphy has served as faculty mentor and advisor for a number of award-winning patient care and community outreach projects including, the American Association Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Community Engaged Service Award, the AACP Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award and Project CHANCE (recognizing outstanding service in medically underserved communities).

She was selected as American Pharmacists Association Outstanding Chapter Advisor in 2008, received recognition from AACP and Rho Chi for her leadership in the profession and community, and was recipient of the UW School of Pharmacyʼs Gibaldi Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and 2010. Past and current American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy positions include: Council of Deans Administrative Board, Student Services Special Interest Group Chair, a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, the Advocacy Committee, the Council of Deans Innovations in Health Care Education Task Force and the CAPE Outcomes (Public Health) Pharmacy Practice Committee. In July 2013, she was installed as Chair of the Leadership Development Special Interest Group. Dr. Murphyʼs teaching and research interests include, leadership, interprofessional education and geriatric pharmacy practice.She has participated in several interprofessional initiatives including the Faculty Leadership in Interprofessional Education to Promote Patient Safety, the Multidisciplinary Predoctoral Training (TL1) Advisory Committee, an Interprofessional Conference on Leadership in Health Care, the CLARION Competition, the WWAMI AHEC and Steering Committee, Chautauqau, and Students in the Community (SITC).

Nanci Murphy, PharmD, RPh


How and why did you get involved with IPE?

Dr. Murphy: "I became a champion of IPE due to the positive impact of interprofessional collaboration on patient care at my practice setting. I was invited to join the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice (formerly HSPICE) in the late 1990s, and the Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Committee in 2011, and since then have met so many creative and energetic individuals who are friends and colleagues to this day. I am very proud of the University of Washington’s national and international reputation for its innovation in interprofessional education, thanks to the vision and efforts of those who have contributed to the UW’s many IPE initiatives through the years!"

What do you believe are the benefits of IPE?

Dr. Murphy: "We believe improved communication and collaboration by interprofessional teams, leads to better delivery and access to care and improves outcomes, patient safety, cost effectiveness, and patient and provider satisfaction. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, acknowledging the increased complexity of patients’ medical issues, promotes health team models that provide continuous, high quality and coordinated care and encourages the promotion of population health, disease prevention, and effective use of resources. Learning to better understand and draw upon the expertise and skills of others, listening to the patient’s voice/needs and perspectives of other members of your team, and demonstrating effective shared-decision making through IPE, helps create a team identity and culture that fosters individual excellence and synergistic teamwork."

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

Dr. Murphy: "Working with students in leadership development, collaborative practice, and community outreach has certainly been a highlight for me. It’s been very exciting to see students from our different schools and departments, engage in transformative work in their communities. Their shared goal of improving health equity, patient access, care delivery, and community health, have been very inspiring to see!."