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 descriptions of core programming 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, social work, 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. To learn more and register for 2019-20 iPALS events, visit the IPE Student Portal.

Seattle King County Clinic Listening Project

The Seattle King County Clinic. is a four-day, free health clinic organized by healthcare organizations, non-profits, private businesses, and volunteers from across Washington State. During these four days, UW health sciences students are invited to participate in The Listening Project, in which small interprofessional student groups will walk the floor of the health clinic and engage with patients who wish to share stories related to their health, accessing care, or their experiences with the clinic. The project will take place February 13-16, 2020. Student registration will open in September 2019. 

Bodemer Interprofessional Ethics Labs

The Interprofessional Ethics Labs are developed as a collaboration between CHSIE and the UW Department of Bioethics and Humanities and the Bodemer Lecture Fund. 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. To learn more and register for 2019-20 interprofessional ethics labs, visit the IPE Student Portal.

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. Throughout the school year students will have opportunities to participate in an interprofessional series of lectures, interactive discussions, advocacy efforts and seminars focused on the major topic(s) of the book. The common book for 2019-20 is So you want to talk about race, by Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo. We will be updating the IPE Student Portal with events and opportunities to engage in different ways around the common book.