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All Together Better Health Conference in Pittsburgh

2014_ATBH_Brenda_ZierlerOver the weekend of June 6–8, the University of Pittsburgh and The National Center for Interprofessional Education hosted the seventh biennial international All Together Better Health (ATBH) Conference at the University of Pittsburgh campus in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference brought together 880 healthcare leaders, providers, educators and policymakers from 27 countries to discuss the future of health care practice and education. A group of 11 interprofessional University of Washington faculty and staff presented three hands-on workshops, 2 oral papers and 10 posters—Brenda Zierler, Debra Liner, Erin Blakeney, Jennifer Sonney, Mayumi Willgerodt, Sarah Shannon (School of Nursing); Jennifer Danielson, Skye McKennon, Steve Erickson (School of Pharmacy); Karen McDonough (School of Medicine), Murray Maitland (Rehabilitation Medicine); and Tracy Brazg (School of Social Work).

This is the first year this conference has been hosted in the United States. The ATBH conferences center on improving health care delivery and population health while lowering costs, what many in the United States are familiar with as the “Triple Aim.” Over the course of three days there were lectures, hands-on workshops, roundtable discussions and 524 oral, panel and poster presentations. To read the full article, click here.

UW Team wins National CLARION Competition! 

2014 CLARION Competition WinnersCongratulations to students Juan Magana (MD, MHA), Eric Sid (MD, MHA), Nicole Kim (MD, MPH), and Huong Le (PharmD), the winning team from the 2014 National CLARION™ Competition! On April 12, they competed in the Annual Clarion™ National Case Competition in Minnesota and were awarded first place and received a check for $7500. The team’s faculty mentor, Dr. Brenda Zierler, the 2013–2015 UW Health Sciences IPE Faculty Scholar, shared that, “They are so excited and I am so proud of them. They were outstanding today and I am very confident in the future of health care based on their performance.”

Since 2005, CLARION™, a University of Minnesota student organization dedicated to improving health care through interprofessional collaboration, has hosted a national case competition for health professions students. Student teams of four, comprised of at least two disciplines, are given a case and create a root cause analysis. Each team presents their analysis to a panel of interprofessional judges for evaluation in the context of real world standards of practice. To read the full article, click here.

PNWHSC Educational Series for Healthcare Faculty, Educators and Professionals: “Incorporating Intraosseous Infusion Systems into your Scenarios” 

PNWHSC_April_2014_EZ-IO_SimulationApril 22, 2014, 5:30–7:30pm, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Presenters, Karen Paulsen, RN, MSN, ANCS-BC and John Peterson, BS, discussed incorporating intraosseous infusion systems into simulation scenarios. The presentation began with a live demonstration using EZ-IO®.

On the evening of April 22, 2014, twelve healthcare professionals from across the Seattle metro area gathered at the Northwest Hospital to learn about intraosseaous infusion and how to incorporate it into training simulations. Hosted by the Pacific Northwest Healthcare Simulation Collaborative (PNWHSC) and sponsored by Vidacare EZ-IO. The presentation began with a live simulation demonstrating placement of an EZ-IO® Intraosseous Infusion System. For the full article, click here.

First Interprofessional Grand Rounds: “Dental Caries Management for Children: the Solution is in Interprofessional Practice.”

Joel_Berg_IP_Grand_Rounds_April_2014“Plaque is like e-mail: you need to keep deleting it because the inbox is always going to get full.”- Dr. Berg, DDS, MS on the importance of brushing your teeth regularly.

On Thursday, April 24, approximately 40 faculty members and advanced practice students from the University of Washington (UW) schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and the Physician Assistant program gathered at the Health Sciences Building’s nursing electronic classroom T661 for a workshop from 3–6pm by Dr. Joel Berg, DDS, MS, titled “Dental Caries Management for Children: the Solution is in Interprofessional Practice.” The focus was not only on the importance of preventative oral health care but also on the need for multidisciplinary collaboration to educate patients and caregivers. The event was hosted by the University of Washington’s Center for Health Sciences Education, Research and Practice and is part of an ongoing series of faculty development workshops for advanced practice professionals. For the full article, click here.


For information about future workshops, email Debra Liner (

Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD, at the Harvard Macy Institute

Mayumi_Willgerodt_Harvard_Macy_Institute_2014Congratulations to Mayumi Willgerodt, PhD, MPH, RN who was selected to attend the 2014 Harvard Macy Institute Program for a six-day, intensive learning course as part of her Macy Faculty Scholar’s Program. This course, titled the “Program for Educators in Health Professions”, aims to provide a select group of scholars the opportunity to “enhance their expertise in both conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the educational activities at their institutions” (Harvard Macy Institute). Through group-presentations, interactive exercises, problem-based learning, observations, reflections, and discussion, scholars are provided extensive opportunities to reflect on issues regarding healthcare education.

UW IPE Faculty Highlights

Sara Mackenzie 2014Each month, the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education highlights faculty involved in developing interprofessional activities.In May, we highlighted UW School of Public Health faculty member Sara Mackenzie, MD, MPH. In June, we highlighted Deborah Kartin, PhD, PT from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Sara Mackenzie is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the U.W. School of Public Health.  She is also the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School.  Her academic preparation include the completion of a B.S., Biology at the University of Iowa, a medical degree at the University of California, Davis, and a Masters in Public Health, Health Services at the University of Washington.  Sara directs the Undergraduate Public Health Major, oversees the School of Public Health undergraduate programs, and teaches undergraduate courses on personal health, public health, ethics and policy.  She is double boarded in Family Medicine and Adolescent Medicine and continues to practice direct clinical care at U.W. Hall Health. Read our interview with Dr. Mackenzie here.

Deborah_KartinDeborah Kartin is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the UW School of Medicine. Her academic preparation included earning her BS in Physical Therapy at Boston University, an MS degree in Rehabilitation Medicine and her PhD in Education (Educational Psychology) at the University of Washington. She is the Director of the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science and is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the four degree granting programs in the Department: the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Masters of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO), and PhD in Rehabilitation Science. She teaches in the DPT and PhD Programs and has directed a number of interdisciplinary post-professional training grants in rehabilitation. She currently is the founding chair of the Department’s Interprofessional Education Group. Read our interview with Dr. Kartin here.

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Recent IPE Events at UW

TeamBITS Team Training Simulations

TeamBITS_OB_2014For the fifth year in a row, the University of Washington hosted healthcare professional students for a week of immersive team-training simulation in the areas of Adult, Pediatric and OB/GYN Acute Care. The innovative Team-Based Interprofessional Training Simulations (TeamBITS) program allows students who typically train in specialty-specific environments to practice their skills together as they would in a real-world setting. Over four days, from May 19–22, 352 students came together from the Schools of Medicine (180 students), Nursing (123 BSN students), and Pharmacy (49 students) to participate in a total of 13 four-hour team training sessions at ISIS Simulation Centers at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center. To read the full article, click here.

"Operations Excellence in Healthcare"

On May 19th, the Foster MBA Healthcare and Biotech Association, Operations Club, and Strategy Clubs sponsored a presentation by guest speaker, Dr. Gary Kaplan, CEO of Virginia Mason in the Douglas Forum at the Bank of America Executive Education Center. Dr. Kaplan has received national and international praise for his efforts to transform health care, most notably as the leader in adapting the Toyota Production System to reduce cost and increase quality of care. He discussed how Virginia Mason is reacting to increasing competitive pressure from new business models, including Zoomcare and retail clinics, in healthcare and how "lean" operations have helped them consistently perform in an increasingly dynamic environment.

“Foundations of Interprofessional Practice” Curriculum: Integrated Care Post-deployment

Care of the veteran post-deployment requires attention to issues of family stress, drug abuse, violence, PTSD, pain, disabilities, and more.  From public health to social work, primary care to psychiatry, within the VA system to rural clinics, the needs of veterans are paramount to addressing health in the U.S. On the afternoon of April 11, health sciences students participated in analyzing primary care scenarios. Students broke into small interprofessional groups with representatives from medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and social work and discussed community-based approaches to care. This training was the last of six events in the “Foundations of Interprofessional Practice” Curricula series for 2013–14. Click here to read more about this initiative.

Service Learning Opportunity: Learning Summit

On the evening of April 7 in the Health Sciences Building Rotunda, The Summit featured free food, keynote speaker Kristine Cunningham from ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, student speakers from Health Equity Circle, Teeth and Toes, and SHIFA. Interactive workshops/panels focused on (1) ethical tensions of health fairs and other short-term projects (2) sustaining student-driven community-based projects and (3) critical and socially just community partnership development. For more information about School of Medicine Service Learning events, please contact Kelsen Caldwell (, SoM Service Learning Manager.

Service Learning Opportunity: Role Tensions Workshop—Self-Care and Reflection for HealthCare Professionals

Dr. Josephine Ensign, Associate Professor from the School of Nursing Department of Psychosocial & Community Health and Dr. Tom McNalley, Attending Physician from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine led a group of multidisciplinary health care professionals through interactive reflective strategies for negotiating the stresses experienced in work and everyday life on April 21st. Sixteen participants from the schools of Social Work, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine read poems that touched upon issues relevant to the everyday lives of health professionals.

Kelsen Caldwell, the Service Learning Manager from the School of Medicine shared, "We also used poems as a jumping off point for writing about spaces in which we find our centerpoint and to reflect upon an individual experience of loss. We all reflected upon tendencies toward burnout and being too busy to process the emotional impacts of the work we do. We talked about using narrative and poetry reading/writing as strategies for ensuring we take care of ourselves and continue to cultivate our own health and well being. Doing so, of course, allows us to continue to provide compassionate care to others and may help us to negotiate stresses in our lives more successfully."

For more information about School of Medicine Service Learning events, please contact Kelsen Caldwell (, SOM Service Learning Manager.

Interprofessional CRM Team Training at the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) UWMC

On April 22 and May 6 at ISIS–UWMC, Dan Low, BMedSci, BMBS, MRCPCH, FRCA facilitated monthly interprofessional team training at ISIS–UWMC. 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.

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Upcoming IPE Events at UW

Fresh Fruit and Broken Bodies Book CoverFor the past three years, faculty, staff and students from across the health sciences have been meeting monthly to discuss possibilities for collaboration around service learning. A hallmark of the group has been the annual Health Sciences Common Book Series.  The committee has selected Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, by Seth Holmes, as the 2014–2015 Health Sciences Common Book.

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies is an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants. Based on five years of research in the field (including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast), Holmes, an anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Holmes weaves the theoretical with the personal, and provides the stories of real people and insights into our food system and health care system for us to move forward to fair policies and solutions.

"We’re excited about the opportunities this book presents for interprofessional learning, service and collaboration," says Kelsen Caldwell, Service Learning Manager in the School of Medicine. "We ask for your support of this groundbreaking opportunity for interprofessional collaboration, and thank you for your participation and guidance as we design an engaging and beneficial program for all our students."

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

If you would like further information, wish to be involved, or have any questions, please contact Kelsen Caldwell, Service Learning Manager in the School of Medicine, 206-685-2009 or .

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Around the Globe: Local, National and International IPE Events

Assessment and Evaluation in IPE: Collaboration and Satisfaction About Care Decisions (CSACD)
August 18, 9-10 a.m. Pacific Time via webinar

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

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

Achieving the Triple Aim 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


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News from the IHI Open School-UW Chapter

Sustaining a Culture of Safety

On the evening of Tuesday, May 6th, IHI Open School–UW Chapter members gathered for a general meeting and workshop titled “Sustaining a Culture of Safety”. Led by several IHI students representing the “Tripod” group, the workshop touched upon several important topics regarding safety in the workplace.To read the full article, click here.

Speed Networking

IHI Students Speed Networking April 2013The IHI Open School- UW Chapter kicked off Spring quarter on Thursday, April 3rd, with an interprofessional “Speed Networking” event. Students gathered at Mod Pizza on University Avenue for an opportunity to get to know their peers in the different health science professions. Similar to “speed dating”, students were split into pairs to “speed network.” In order to help elicit conversation between the pairs, students were provided a list of questions to refer to. To read the full article, click here.

For more information about upcoming IHI Open School - UW Chapter events, how to get involved, and other general questions, please visit

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