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Learn about Interprofessional Education at the University of Washington.

IPE Opportunities at UW

Foundations of Interprofessional Practice

The Foundations of Interprofessional Practice series introduces pre-licensure health sciences students to the competencies needed to practice in an interprofessional team. The series involves over 600 students from dentistry, dietetics (public health), medicine, nursing, pharmacy and the MEDEX physician assistant program. Students are assigned to small interprofessional teams with whom they meet with three times a year. Students work on cases together and develop foundational understanding of other professionals’ education, roles and skills. Over 100 volunteer faculty from across the health science schools, medical centers and the community serve as facilitators.

Dates for 2018-19 Academic Year:
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:30-5:20 pm
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 3:30-5:20 pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 3:30-5:20 pm

Interprofessional Active Learning Series (iPALS)

The Interprofessional Active Learning Series (iPALS) is an opportunity for students from across the health sciences to prepare themselves to practice effectively on interprofessional teams, through actively engaging together about topics of interest in healthcare and population health.  Health science students from social work (MSW), public health (MPH), health administration (MHA), medicine, nursing, dentistry, physician assistant, and rehabilitation sciences are eligible and encouraged to participate in iPALS. All session will be held in the South Campus Center. For more information on how to register for an iPALS event, please contact Rachel Lazzar:

iPALS Dates & Topics 2018-19 Academic Year

Acute Pain in Persons with Opioid Use Disorder
Tuesday, October 23, 10-11:50 am

Interprofessional Care of Veterans
Friday, November 16, 3:30-5:20 pm

A “One Health Clinic” for Persons Experiencing Homelessness with their Animals in Seattle
Friday, January 25, 10:30 am-12:20 pm

Positive and Proactive Healthcare for Older Adults Across the Cognitive Continuum
Tuesday, March 5, 3:30-5:20 pm

Emergency Preparedness
Tuesday, April 16, 10-11:50 am

Effective Patient-Provider Communication for Patients with Communication Disorders
Friday, May 17, 3:30-5:20 pm

Seattle King County Clinic- “Listening Project”

The “Listening Project” is in response to the Seattle King County Clinic’s (SKCC) efforts to better understand the patient populations served. Small student interprofessional groups will engage with patients who wish to share their stories related to their health, accessing care, or their experiences with the SKCC. Stories will be synthesized by students and prepared for dissemination to SKCC, as well as to city and state policy makers. For more details about the SKCC, watch this video or visit the website.

Health Sciences Common Book Series

Each year the Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group selects a common book that aims to engage students from across the health sciences in substantive, interprofessional dialogue about pressing topics related to health equity and social justice. Past choices have focused on drug addiction, racism and mass incarceration, homelessness, and climate change. The common book for 2018-19 is the graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, by Seattle author Ellen Forney. We will be updating the Common Book Facebook page with events and opportunities to engage in different ways around the common book.

Copies of the book will be available on reserve through the Health Sciences Library and the main UW Library, or you can purchase from your favorite bookseller. You can read more about Marbles here.

IPE Teaching Fellows Program

The IPE Teaching Fellows Program aims to train the next generation of faculty and clinicians in the core competencies of interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice (IPCP).  In fall 2018 we will be recruiting a cohort of PhD students, residents and advanced practice nursing students to participate in the IPE Teaching Fellows Program for the 2018-19 academic year.  The program will provide fellows with in-depth understanding of IPE and its pedagogy, and the opportunity to participate in faculty development trainings on topics such as facilitation and hierarchy, implicit bias in healthcare, conflict dialogue, reflection and debriefing.

Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative (NWHFC) Project ECHO

A bi-monthly web-based case conference series that aims to improve the care of patients with heart failure by increasing access to continuing education and interprofessional case consultations.  This unique training program builds on an existing education-practice partnership between UW Medicine and the UW School of Nursing.  Webinars occur 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at Noon PDT.  Target audience is community providers and students (MD/DO, ARNP/PA, RN, PharmD, Social Work and Allied Health). For more information about NWHFC Project ECHO, to register for webinars or to view recorded webinars, visit Contact:

Train-the-Trainer (T3) Program

The Train-the-Trainer (T3) Program is a comprehensive series of interactive learning opportunities with a focus on interprofessional practice and education designed specifically for clinical educators and collaborative practice partners. The 3.5-day workshops are hosted at 3 sites around the country: the University of Washington (Seattle), the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), and the University of Missouri (Columbia, MO). The T3 trainers continue to coach interprofessional teams after they return to their home institutions to implement or continue developing IPE projects they worked on the training workshop. For more information about the T3 Program, visit Contact:

University District Street Medicine (UDSM)

University District Street Medicine (UDSM) is an interprofessional student-run project that is grounded in community support and guidance. UDSM provides low-income and homeless individuals in Seattle’s University District with access to medical and social services within an interprofessional model. Students volunteers from diverse health professions training programs have the opportunity to develop competencies around interprofessional teamwork while honing their skills in motivational interviewing, resource education, vital sign acquisition, community building, referral processes experience, working with homeless populations, and community health. For more information on how to get involved as a student volunteer or faculty preceptor, please visit the UDSM website: 

IPE Courses at UW

MEDEX 580: Homelessness in Seattle: An Interprofessional Training Opportunity for Students in the Health Professions

This course aims to extend understanding of and participation with people experiencing homelessness.  Providers and individuals who have experienced homelessness will engage students from across the health sciences with social justice issues such as racism, mass incarceration, housing, socio-economics and its impact. Course examines how the healthcare system responds or does not respond to the needs of this complex population. Available Autumn Quarter 2017, this 10 week, 2 credit course has 35 openings for credit students and 15 openings for on-site auditing. Enrollment is through MEDEX Student Services Manager, Michael Franson ( For more information, contact course faculty: Lois Thetford (MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program) and Charlotte Sanders (School of Social Work).

U CONJ 624: Health Equity and Community Organizing Elective

The HECO Seminar is an interprofessional, one credit, non-clinical elective (selective) course for all health professional graduate students offered credit/no credit.  This class, which is taught twice per year by a teaching team comprised of student leaders, community organizers, and staff, teaches students basic principles needed to organize campaigns to work upstream to address societal determinants of health (in)equity.  Schools involved include: medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work, rehab medicine, and law. Course Faculty: Rick Arnold (School of Medicine).

REHAB 554: Perspectives on Interprofessional Practice

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Department of Speech and Hearing Services collaborated to launch this interprofessional course for graduate students in rehabilitation professions in Autumn of 2016. The course is based on the IPEC objectives of interprofessional education, and serves over 200 students in the five disciplines of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Speech-Language Pathology, and Audiology. The course uses a case-based, interactive learning format to address topics related to the roles of rehabilitation-related disciplines, team communication, ethics, disparities, diversity, compassion fatigue, patient-centered care, and other topics in the context of rehabilitation cases. Course Faculty: Carolyn Baylor (Rehabilitation Medicine), Nancy Alarcon (Speech and Hearing Sciences), Tracy Jirikowic (Rehabilitation Medicine), Debbie Kartin (Rehabilitation Medicine) and Sue Spaulding (Rehabilitation Medicine).

We are in the process of cataloging all of the courses that enroll interprofessional learners and provide them with an opportunity to learn with, from and about each other.  Please let us know if there is a course you would like to add to this list.