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Causes of Causes: Pediatric Oral Health IPE


On Thursday, March 2, the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice series held their third IPE event of the 2016 -2017 academic calendar for health sciences students. All University of Washington (UW) students in dentistry, dietetics, medicine (absent for this session), nursing, pharmacy, and the physician assistant program are required to participate in Interprofessional Education to meet specific learning objectives and competencies related to working collaboratively with individuals and teams of other health professions. Each Foundations of Interprofessional Practice event provides opportunities for hundreds of students from the health sciences schools to learn with, from and about each other.

During the session, 366 students were broken into thirty small interprofessional groups throughout the Health Sciences Building at UW. Each session was facilitated by two faculty members of different health professions including medicine, dentistry, public health, pharmacy, nursing, and social work. Around 60 volunteer faculty facilitated the event. The Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice had the privilege to observe the session facilitated by Elizabeth Kaplan, MD of the School of Medicine and Rolf Christensen, DDS of the School of Dentistry.

During the session, students analyzed a primary care pediatric case scenario to address interprofessional partnerships to promote population health. Objectives for the session were to (1) map the complex causes of a major public health problem – pediatric caries, (2) identify interprofessional partnerships to improve oral health at the individual and community level and (3) broadly define the team that promotes health to include professional working at a community and population level. After analyzing the primary care pediatric case, students were introduced to the Socio-Ecological Model, to further understand the dynamic interrelations among various personal and environmental factors, and how this model is used in community and public health scenarios.

The next IPE Foundations series will take place on April 19, 2017 covering the topic: Error Disclosure.