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.

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 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.

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.

Interprofessional Student Organizations

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://udstreetmed.weebly.com

Health Equity Circle

Health Equity Circle educates, organizes, and mobilizes interprofessional groups of students, health professionals, and community members to work upstream to shift power toward health equity and address the social determinants of health. With a focus on education, advocacy and leadership development, the student-led organization operates campaigns focused on community needs. You can learn more about Health Equity Circle here: http://www.healthequitycircle.org/. Contact: uwhec@gmail.com.