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Health Sciences IPE News

2014 National Zoobiquity Conference is Coming to Seattle

UW and Woodland Park Zoo LogosOn November 1st, 2014 the 4th National Zoobiquity Conference will be hosted by the University of Washington in conjunction with the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. According to UW Medicine’s course overview, “The Zoobiquity 2014 conference focuses on how rapidly changing local and global environments affect the health of humans and animals. Through case presentations and interactive discussions, human and veterinary medicine experts as well as environmental health scientists will explore the clinical overlaps between human and animal response to environmental factors." Click here to read our full article.


UW IPE Faculty Scholar Receives 2014 Leadership Award

Brenda Zierler receives 2014 Leadership AwardCongratulations to UW IPE Faculty Scholar Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN on receiving the 2014 Leadership Award from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis on Tuesday, September 22! UC Davis School of Nursing Dean Heather Young shared that "Dr. Zierler has worked with both the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine to help us identify how we can improve our curriculum so that students are exposed to more interprofessional opportunities throughout their education." To read the full article from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing news webpage, click here.

"Big Thinking in the Big Sky"

RCRC Roundtable Billings MT 9-4-14On September 4, 2014, the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative (RCRC) held their annual two-day Roundtable conference titled “Big Thinking in the Big Sky: Advancing the Practice of Relational Coordination.” This event was sponsored by the Plexus Institute and was hosted by the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana. Participants travelled from all over the country to attend this conference and to explore how to “strengthen and sustain relational coordination networks within and across organizational boundaries” (Jody Hoffer Gittell, Executive Director of the RCRC in the RCRC blog). Four University of Washington representatives from the School of Nursing attended the conference – Brenda Zierler, Debra Liner, Erin Blakeney and Mayumi Willgerodt. Click here to read the full article.

New Faculty Development Guide for IPE Facilitation 

Journal of Interprofessional Care CoverUniversity of Washington IPE faculty member Brenda Zierler from the School of Nursing and Leslie Hall from the University of Missouri School of Medicine published an introductory guide to IPE faculty development for facilitation of IPE and collaborative care training in the August issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. The need for IPE and collaborative care training experiences for health professions students is increasing as more health professions schools incorporate IPE training into curriculum to meet national accreditation standards. In turn, the need for faculty training in IPE and collaborative care facilitation is growing. 

Hall and Zierler’s guide focuses on strategies for developing faculty to effectively facilitate IPE using a series of didactic presentations, small group activities, and immersion experiences with direct involvement in IPE facilitation to build interprofessional leadership skills. Click here to read the full article. 

Electronic LibraryNew IPE Resource Library

Check out the updated Resources and Publications section of our UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice website. The new IPE Resource Library page provides an overview of our IPE resources. View UW faculty, staff and student IPE presentations and posters; visit national and international IPE sites, learn about IPE competencies, view IPE learning modules designed for students, and explore a new collection of faculty-recommended IPE articles, reports and other publications in CHSIE’s Recommended Reading.  

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on our website at www.collaborate.uw.edu. 

UW Faculty Lead IPE Workshop at NYU

IPE Faculty Development NYU July 2014"The conference was informative, interactive and thought provoking. Very helpful in improving my teaching strategies!”- Anonymous

On Friday, July 24, 2014, Amy Kim, DDS and Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD, MPH, MS, RN from the University of Washington hosted an interprofessional faculty development workshop at New York University’s College of Nursing. Titled “Step Up: Developing Your Faculty IPE IQ”. This training aimed to educate attendees about the TeamSTEPPS framework, explain how poor team communication affects patient safety, and teach the key principles of leadership and effective communication.  Attendees learned how to conduct a debrief and how to implement requests, cross-checks, check-backs, call-outs, and SBAR in interprofessional education.

Click here to read the full article.

New IPE Grants for UW Nursing Faculty

Congratulations to Hilaire Thompson, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN and Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN on receiving new IPE grants this summer! 

Hilaire Thompson photoDr. Hilaire Thompson, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, received HRSA funding for “Preparing Acute Care Nurse Practitioners for Care of Adults and Older Adults”. This project will revise and enhance the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to prepare Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner graduates to care for acute and critically ill adult and elderly patients, particularly medically underserved (MU) individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs). Ultimately, Dr. Thompson’s team plans to demonstrate methods by which schools can improve the distribution and diversity and strengthen the development of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in providing direct care services in our complex, evolving health care system. For more information about Dr. Thompson and her research, click here. For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Thompson at hilairet@uw.edu. 

Brenda Zierler photoDr. Brenda Zierler, a Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, Associate Director & Chair of the Interprofessional Education & Practice Committee of the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS), and Co-Director of the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (CHSIERP), received two new IPE grants this summer. Dr. Zierler received HRSA funding to develop, implement and evaluate an IPCP patient-centered model of care at a Regional Heart Center (RHC) which serves a diverse, medically underserved (MU) and rural population with Advanced Heart Failure (AHF). Building on existing partnerships between the School of Nursing and an academic medical center, a newly formed interprofessional team with expertise in team training, IPE, performance improvement, leadership and patient engagement (called TeamCORE – Team Collaboration for Organizational Excellence) will collaborate with the AHF Direct Care Team (DCT) to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care using an IPCP approach. Dr. Zierler is also named as a collaborator on a new Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant to work with the University of Missouri to set up a series of regional IPE faculty development training centers across the United States. For more information about Dr. Zierler and her research, click here. For more information about these projects, please contact Dr. Zierler at brendaz@uw.edu. 

UW IPE Faculty Highlights

Each month, the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education highlights faculty involved in developing interprofessional activities.In August, we highlighted Dr. Brian Ross from the UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. This September, we are highlighting Dr. Linda Vorvick from the UW Department of Family Medicine MEDEX Physician Assistant Program.  

Brian Ross photoBrian K. Ross, PhD, MD is the Executive Director of the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS)  and a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Ross received his PhD in physiology/pharmacology from the University of North Dakota in 1975 and completed his postdoctoral research in respiratory diseases at the University of Washington in 1979. He earned his MD from the University of Washington Medical School in 1983. In 1986, he completed a research fellowship in Obstetrical Anesthesia from the University of California at San Francisco, and his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Washington in 1987. Dr. Ross has been a member of the UW School of Medicine faculty since 1987, and in 2003, he was promoted to full professor. In 2007, Dr. Ross was appointed Adjunct Professor to the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics. He has been involved in medical simulation at the University of Washington since 1996 when he developed the initial simulation training curriculum for the Department of Anesthesiology. Click here to read our interview with Dr. Ross.

Linda Vorvick photoLinda Vorvick, MD, Interim Director, Medical Director and Director of Academic Affairs for MEDEX Northwest, the Physician Assistant Training Program in the UW Department of Family Medicine. Linda grew up in Seattle, lived in Chicago during college, and returned to medical school at the University of Washington.  She chose the UW School of Medicine because of its reputation in Family Medicine and her strong desire to take care of “real people” and not be an academic.  Her residency training was at the Providence Family Practice Residency in Seattle, where care for urban and underserved populations was emphasized.  She joined a private practice in north Seattle where she saw a wide range of family medicine patients and also practiced obstetrics for 11 years.  Her strong interest in administrative medicine led to a second career in medical group administration and work for a health plan and a pharmaceutical company.  From this varied background the opportunity to teach physician assistant students at MEDEX arose, and she has been a faculty member for the past 10 years. Click here to read our interview with Dr. Vorvick.

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Recent IPE Events at UW

PNWHSC Lego Tower Activity 8-12-14PNWHSC: "The Team Training Tower"

As part of the Pacific Northwest Healthcare Simulation Collaborative (PNWHSC) Educational Series, faculty and staff from the University of Washington Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) presented “The Team Training Tower: A Low-Cost, High-Impact Team Communication Simulation” at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on the evening of Tuesday, August 12.

ISIS trainers Ross Ehrmantraut, RN; Ken Plitt, CRNA; Brian Ross, PhD, MD; and Megan Sherman took participants through the “Team Training Tower” exercise that was developed to provide a 60-minute introduction to key team communication concepts and skills known as TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety). Click here to read the full article. 

Beate Peter's IP Panel Discussion 7-21-2014Interprofessional Panel Discussion: Trisomy 21 and Autism

Instructor Beate Peter, PhD, from the University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences organized and facilitated an interprofessional panel discussion on July 21 that brought colleagues Amy Kim (School of Dentistry), Brenda Zierler (School of Nursing), Gina Lebedeva (Child Language), and Mike Burns (Medical Speech-Language Pathology) together to share their profession’s perspective on management of Trisomy 21 (Down’s Syndrome) and Autism Spectrum Disorder, two disorders frequently seen by many different professionals. Students from graduate speech-language pathology, medical speech-language pathology, audiology, clinical psychology and undergraduate speech and hearing sciences attended this two-hour, interactive interprofessional panel discussion in Eagleson Hall. Click here to read the full article.

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Upcoming IPE Events at UW

Fresh Fruit and Broken Bodies Book Cover

Health Sciences Common Book Series

The 2014-2015 Health Sciences Common Book Series will launch this fall at the Service Learning Kick Off (date and time TBD). One or two events (panels, discussions, lectures and workshops) will be offered each quarter on themes related to the new common book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies by Seth Holmes, PhD, MD. In addition, a one-credit interprofessional, service learning  course centered on the common book will be offered during winter quarter. 

Check the Service Learning Resource Center (SLRC) Calendar here for upcoming events.

For more information, please contact Kelsen Caldwell, Service Learning Manager in the School of Medicine, 206-685-2009 or caldweka@uw.edu .

Team Training at the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies 

Dr. Dan Low, BMedSci, BMBS, MRCPCH, FRCA facilitates monthly interprofessional team training at the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) UW Medical Center facility. Medical students in their anesthesia rotation are teamed with PharmD and senior undergraduate nursing students to run through a one-day Crew Resource Management (CRM) course. Utilizing team communication exercises and simulation scenarios, students practice their medical and teamwork skills in a safe environment with the goals of learning how to work together using strategies cultivated within the framework of CRM. Upcoming training sessions are scheduled for October 14, November 14 and December 9. Click here to contact ISIS Simulation Center staff for more information.

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Around the Globe: Local, National and International IPE Events

7th Annual West Michigan Interprofessional Education Initiative Conference
September 18-19, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

2014 Northern Michigan Interprofessional Conference
September 26-27, 2014, Gaylord, MI

NIPNET Conference 2014
October 2-3, 2014, Stockholm, Sweden.

2014 PFCC Vision Quest: Achieve the PFCC Trifecta- Improve Patient Experiences and Outcomes While Reducing Costs
October 9-10, 2014, Pittsburg, PA.

Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice
October 10-12, 2014, Philadelphia, PA

Zoobiquity 4: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment
November 1, 2014, Seattle, WA

Achieving the Triple Aim: Better Health, Better Care and Lower Costs Through New Models of Care Conference
November 17-18, 2014, Las Vegas, NV

2014 Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum
December 7-10, 2014, Orlando, FL

16th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community
March 15-17, 2015, Dallas, TX

"Equity and Access: Nursing Research, Practice, and Education" Communicating Nursing Research Conference
April 22-25, 2015, Albuquerque, NM
*Deadline for submitting abstracts for presentation is October 15, 2014 (acceptance notification in mid-December).

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News from the IHI Open School-UW Chapter

Fall Symposium

The UW Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School's Fall Symposium is tentatively scheduled for 5:15-6:45 PM Thursday, October 9th. Join us for an for an evening of food, fun, and learning about quality improvement and teamwork across health professions. Students and faculty from fields throughout the health sciences are welcome. Dinner will be provided.

The UW IHI Open School Chapter is an interprofessional student organization that provides opportunities for health science students to collaborate and learn about quality improvement in healthcare. For more information or to sign up for the IHI mailing list, please contact Leslie Mallinger, UW IHI-OS Vice President of Interprofessional Education, at lmalling@uw.edu.

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