The place to learn about and register for Health Sciences interprofessional education opportunities at UW

Interprofessional Education (IPE) is more than sitting in seats in a lecture hall together.

It is integrative, experiential, and about learning and practicing the skills needed to function effectively as a highly collaborative team. Interprofessional collaborative practice makes care safer, more patient-centered, and it leads to lower burnout and higher job satisfaction amongst healthcare professionals. Explore below to learn more about the opportunities to grow your skills in collaboration.

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice

This three-part year-long sequence introduces pre-licensure health sciences students to the competencies needed to practice in an interprofessional team. 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.

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Students at an iPALS event.

Interprofessional Active Learning Series (iPALS)

Through the use of clinical cases, examples of system-level interventions, tools for ethical decision-making, and skills for community advocacy, iPALS students are provided the opportunity to learn from content experts and clinicians, and to hone their skills and knowledge in key competencies areas for collaborative practice.

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Ibram X. Kendi in a gray suit with his book

Health Sciences Common Book

The Health Sciences Common Book leverages the spirit of interprofessional learning, in particular, the opportunity to share perspectives and collaboratively develop solutions for complex problems in the clinic and in society. The 2020-21 Common Book is Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist.

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Mobile Health Van

Interprofessional Service Learning and Community Engagement

Service learning and community engagement are ideal mechanisms for growing teamwork skills, while connecting classroom learning with real life experiences. Students from across the health sciences are invited to demonstrate community caring through participation in programs such as The UW Listening Project and the Mobile Health and Outreach Program.

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Team-Based Substance Use Disorder Training Program

This online program will provide students from across the health professions the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge related to a team-oriented, non-stigmatizing approach to screening, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders. Students will participate in three quarters of learning, with approximately a five-hour commitment per quarter.  Applications for the 2020/21 cohort are due October 5, 2020.

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