Since 2016 the Health Sciences Board of Deans has supported the central coordination of Interprofessional Education (IPE) at the University of Washington. Below are descriptions of core programming for students and faculty to participate in IPE in the classroom and community settings. IPE welcomes students from social work, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, dentistry, dietetics, physical therapy, physician assistant, health administration, prosthetics and orthotics, and speech and language pathology programs. Students can learn more about upcoming events and register through the IPE Student Portal.

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IPE Core Curriculum

The IPE Core Curriculum invites health sciences students to participate in an innovative three-part curriculum, aimed at developing a foundational understanding of other professionals’ roles and responsibilities, and the skills needed to effectively collaborate with a diverse healthcare team. During the 2021-22 academic year, we are excited to offer a number of engaging topics for students to choose from, with content experts from around the country developing and facilitating these sessions. Click here to learn more about the 2021-22 IPE Core Curriculum.

Health Sciences Common Book Series

Each year, an open group from within the UW Health Sciences selects a Common Book that serves as a platform for students from across health professions to learn together on topics of common importance. Throughout the school year students have the opportunity to participate in a series of lectures, interactive discussions, advocacy efforts, and seminars focused on the major topic(s) of the book. During the 2021-22 academic year, we hope that our selection, Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, will engage the community in exploration of the interconnectedness of our world, through the lens of an Indigenous scientist and spark rich conversations and learning experiences.

Click here for more information on the common book and related events/opportunities.

Team-Based Substance Use Disorder Training Program

The Team-Based Substance Use Disorder Training program is an online, interprofessional training course that will take place over the three quarters of the 2021-22 academic year. Participants will learn skills and knowledge related to a healthcare team-oriented, non-stigmatizing approach to screening, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders. The program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and was developed by an interprofessional team of clinicians from Harborview Addiction Medicine Program. Click here to learn more and to sign up. Registration for the 2021/22 cohort will close October 5, 2021 at 5pm.

Health Sciences Mobile Health and Outreach Program

The Health Sciences Mobile Health and Outreach Program is an innovative community engagement program that is built from collaboration between student organizations, community partners, faculty and staff. Students from across the health sciences are invited to attend outreach events with the Sprinter Van, providing basic screen and refer services for underserved community members in the Greater Seattle Area. More information is coming soon about how to get involved in the Mobile Health and Outreach program. In the meantime, please reach out to our partner University District Street Medicine for available opportunities.

The Listening Project

The UW 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. More information is coming about ways to get involved in the 2021-22 academic year.

Questions about IPE programming at UW? Contact Rachel Lazzar: