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. Click here to learn more about the 2019-20 Foundations Series.

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.

The Listening Project

The Listening Project is a unique collaboration between UW IPE Program and community organizations such as the Seattle King County Clinic and the Seattle Stand Down. It is intended to cultivate future health care providers’ communication skills, empathy, and the perceived value of listening to patient’s stories. Students are placed in interprofessional pairs, and walk the floors of large-scale health events to engage with and hear from patients. For more information about the 2019-20 Listening Project sites and how to register, visit the community engagement page of the IPE Student Portal.

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 award-winning Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo. For more information on the common book and related events/opportunities, please visit the common book page of the IPE Student Portal