UW Student Programs

Learn about Interprofessional Education at the University of Washington.

IPE Opportunities at UW

The UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (CHSIE) is the coordinating body for interprofessional education at the University of Washington (UW).  Below are several opportunities for students and faculty to participate in IPE in the classroom and community settings.  Questions about IPE programming at UW? Contact Rachel Lazzar: rlazzar@uw.edu.

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice is a three-part year-long sequence that introduces pre-licensure health sciences students to the competencies needed to practice in an interprofessional team. The series involves over 500 students from dentistry, dietetics, health administration, 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. Approximately 100 volunteer faculty from across the health science schools, medical centers and the community serve as facilitators each year.  Student participation is determined by program.

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.  iPALS sessions are developed by faculty and/or clinician content experts within our UW community, and are intended to be appropriate for all learners regardless of their profession or level of training. Sessions take place in a large classroom, where students are assigned to small interprofessional teams at tables. Students from all graduate level health profession training programs are encouraged to participate. 

iPALS Dates & Topics 2018-19 Academic Year

Acute Pain in Persons with Opioid Use Disorder
October 23, 2018, 10-11:50 am
Registration closed.

Interprofessional Care of Veterans
November 16, 2018, 3:30-5:20 pm
Registration closed.

A “One Health Clinic” for Persons Experiencing Homelessness with their Animals in Seattle
January 25, 2019, 10:30 am-12:20 pm
Registration is open! https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tbrazg/364813

Positive and Proactive Healthcare for Older Adults Across the Cognitive Continuum
March 5, 2019, 3:30-5:20 pm
Registration is open! https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tbrazg/364820

Emergency Preparedness
April 16, 2019, 10-11:50 am
Registration will open in March 2019.

Effective Patient-Provider Communication for Patients with Communication Disorders
May 17, 2019, 3:30-5:20 pm
Registration will open in March 2019.

Seattle King County Clinic- “Listening Project”

The Seattle King County Clinic (SKCC) is a giant volunteer-driven health clinic that offers free dental, vision and medical care to underserved populations.  In September 2018, over 80 students from across the health sciences participated in the first year of the SKCC Listening Project. The project was developed as a collaboration between clinic staff and CHSIE faculty and staff. Small interprofessional student groups walked the floor of the health clinic and engaged with patients who wished to share their stories related to their health, accessing care, or their experiences with the SKCC. Registration is closed.

Bodemer Interprofessional Ethics Labs

The Interprofessional Ethics Labs are developed as a collaboration between CHSIE and the UW Department of Bioethics and Humanities. Students are assigned to small interprofessional teams, where they are encouraged to work collaboratively to apply ethics analysis tools to the healthcare decision-making process.

Ethics Lab Dates & Topics 2018-19 Academic Year

Complexities in Brain Death
September 27, 2018, 5:30-7pm
Registration in closed.

Patient’s Refusals of Care
January 8, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Registration is open! http://tinyurl.com/IPethics

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.

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: https://sites.google.com/uw.edu/udstreetmed 

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 https://collaborate.uw.edu/collaborate/nwhfc-home/. Contact: millermj@uw.edu.

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 https://collaborate.uw.edu/collaborate/train-the-trainer-t3-interprofessional-faculty-development-program/. Contact: dliner@uw.edu.

Interprofessional Student Programs

University District Street Mission (UDSM)

UDSM is a student-run, experiential learning project that includes students from medicine, nursing, social work, pharmacy, rehab medicine, dentistry and public health. The project aims to conduct street and community-based outreach and provide basic first aid and resource navigation to homeless individuals in Seattle’s University District. http://udstreetmedicine.wixsite.com/udsm/. Contact: udsmvolunteer@gmail.com.

Health Equity Circle

Health Equity Circle is an interdisciplinary group of Health Sciences students who are noticing issues in their patients and communities caused through social factors. In the process of trying to understand these issues and take steps on how to address them, Health Equity Circle was born. http://www.healthequitycircle.org/. Contact: uwhec@gmail.com.

Student Health Initiative for Access (SHIFA)

SHIFA is a student-run health and social service model that partners with local organizations in providing community-based support. It was born out of the School of Medicine, but includes students from pharmacy and dentistry. http://alshifaclinic.org/. Contact: alshifa@uw.edu.