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Happy New Year from the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice!

Health Sciences IPE News


“Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment”

On November 1st, 2014 the 4th National Zoobiquity Conference: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment, was hosted by the University of Washington in conjunction with the Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle. Human health care professionals, animal care professionals, environmental health professionals, and public health professionals and students were encouraged to attend. Through case presentations and interactive discussions, human and veterinary medicine experts as well as environmental health scientists discussed some of the clinical overlaps between human and animal responses to “changing local and global environments, including climate, the built environment, air pollution, and domestic violence.” Focusing on a “One Health” concept, the conference presented a species-spanning approach to medicine that can improve human, animal, and environmental health. Click here to read the full article.

UW IPE Faculty Highlights

Each month, the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education highlights faculty involved in developing interprofessional activities. In October, we highlighted Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH from the UW School of Public Health. In November, we highlighted Rick Arnold, MD from the UW School of Medicine. This December, we are highlighting Ross Ehrmantraut, RN, HRET Patient Safety Senior Fellow from UW Medicine.

Peter_Rabinowitz_Farm_2014Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for One Health Research (COHR), recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Department of Global Health, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Allergy and Infectious Disease. He also directs the Canary Database, an online resource for evidence about animals as sentinels of environmental health threats. Dr. Rabinowitz has been a visiting scientist at the Global Influenza Program of the WHO, and also in the Animal Health Division of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) where he researched zoonotic diseases. As Director of the Center for One Health Research (COHR), he leads exploration of linkages between human, animal, and environmental health in a "One Health" paradigm, including: zoonotic infectious diseases at the human-animal interface, animals as "sentinels" of environmental health hazards, and clinical collaboration between human health care providers and veterinarians in a species-spanning approach. Dr. Rabinowitz serves of the Advisory Committee for the National Zoobiquity Conference and on November 1, he co-led a session at the 2014 conference at Woodland Park Zoo focusing on the “One Health” concept. Click here to read our interview with Dr. Rabinowitz.

Rick_Arnold_UWMedicine_2014Rick Arnold, MD is a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the College Head at Snake River College for the UW School of Medicine. I have the privilege of being one of the College Faculty in the School of Medicine. Dr. Arnold teaches clinical skills during students’ second year and mentors a group of medical students for their entire four years. Dr. Arnold chaired the Service Learning Advisory Committee at the School of Medicine during its first three years, fostering a growing list of service learning opportunities available for students including a number of interprofessional projects in which students learned about working in interdisciplinary teams while addressing community needs. Interprofessional Education opportunities have continued to expand as faculty, students and staff from all of the health science schools have been working collaboratively to enhance interprofessional service learning at UW. This collaboration has led to numerous new interprofessional projects, including the development of the Health Sciences Common Book series. Click here to read our interview with Dr. Arnold. 

Ross Ehrmantraut RN UW Medicine ISISRoss Ehrmantraut, RN, jointed the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) at UW Medicine as the Clinical Director for Team Training for all of UW Medicine in January of 2014. He is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer and active in planning and facilitating Interprofessional Education including simulation scenarios, case studies and continued team training. Mr. Ehrmantraut is a recent graduate of the AHA/NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship and a Patient Safety Senior Fellow for Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET). He has worked for UW Medicine, since 1984. He has worked at Harborview Medical Center as a staff nurse in the Burn Center and the Trauma ICU, a Critical Care Educator, and most recently spent ten years as the Patient Safety Officer. Mr. Ehrmantraut believes that training all health sciences professions to provide collaborative care improves patient safety and outcomes. To read our interview with Mr. Ehrmantraut, click here.

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Recent IPE Events at UW


Veterans’ Care Takes an Expert Team, Not Just a Team of Experts

On November 10, UW Health Sciences students attended an IPE session focused on veterans’ care, sponsored by the Health Sciences Foundations IPE group and held the day before Veterans Day. Case studies and small group discussions on post-combat health issues followed panel discussions with veterans, who are also health sciences program students, and with IPE faculty from the six health sciences professional schools. To read the full article from the School of Social Work Interprofessional Education webpage, click here.

Visit the IPE Health Sciences home page for more information about the UW Health Sciences Interprofessional Initiative, UW and student IPE organizations, IPE FAQs, and IPE Communication Kit.

For more on faculty training and knowledge sharing across health disciplines, check out this UW TV 360 video.

Advanced Practice IPE Session 10-22-2014Students Rave About Advanced Practice IPE Sessions

"I really enjoyed practicing a care conference with all professions. I think this will help me apply this experience in real life."

"Greatly improved my understanding and desire to work as a team with a variety of professions for my future pts care."

"Amazing to be in a room w/ the "new school" of health care providers that all seem excited to be agents of change & take a more person-centered approach. Thank you!"

These are just a few of the overwhelmingly positive comments from health sciences students who participated in a series of Interprofessional Education (IPE) training sessions for advanced practice students. 198 students from the schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Social Work, Nursing and the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program chose from one of four case discussion sessions on October 22, 24, November 5, or 7. The two-hour case discussions were designed to foster greater understanding of the scope of practice for each profession and how to better communicate as a team while caring for patients. Depending on the students’ areas of interest, they could choose to participate in a maternal/child case or an adult gerontology case. To read the full article, click here.

Relational Coordination Training

Jody Hoffer Gittell and Anthony SuchmanOn November 6 and 7, guest trainers Jody Hoffer Gittell, PhD and Anthony Suchman, MD, MA, FACP introduced relational coordination theory to a group of UW clinicians, administrators, educators and clinical staff, identifying the social processes and human interactions that underly the technical process of coordinating complex work. Training sessions on November 6 and 7 focused on identifying the interdependence between tasks and the people performing those tasks. A November 7 session on Leadership Development focused on advancing the practice of relationship-centered administration, the organizational behavior and culture needed backstage to support provision of safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered care within the Regional Heart Center.

Jody Hoffer Gittell, PhD is an expert on the theory of relational coordination and a professor at Brandeis University. Her research indicates that work is most effectively coordinated through relationships of shared goals, shared knowledge and mutual respect, and demonstrating how organizations can support relational coordination and improve performance through the design of their work systems. Her RC survey, a validated instrument that is widely used for research as well as practice, assesses dynamics among participants and opens up dialogues to foster fundamental organizational change.

Anthony Suchman, MD, MA, FACP is a practicing internist, organizational consultant, health services researcher and teacher currently serving on the board of Brandeis University's Relational Coordination Research Collaborative.  He has been a leader in developing interventional applications of relational coordination theory.

Relational Coordination Research Collaborative logoFor more information about Relational Coordination, check out the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative website. 

Interprofessional CRM Team Training

UW Medicine ISIS logoOn October 14, November 14, and December 9, Dan Low, BMedSci, BMBS, MRCPCH, FRCA facilitated monthly interprofessional team training at the UW Medicine Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (UW Medicine ISIS). 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

UCONJ 532: 1-credit Common Book Course2015 Winter Quarter Courses

This winter, two courses will be offered to all health sciences students that focus on health equity, social justice, and community based learning and action: the common book course, UCONJ 532, and health equity and community organizing, UCONJ 624.

UCONJ 532: Making Science Public: Improving Farmworker Health through Community-Engaged Research and Storytelling

Fresh Fruit and Broken Bodies Book CoverThis year’s common book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies by Seth Holmes, opens up important discussions on topics like structural violence, farmworker justice, and how we can participate in proactive responses that improve farmworker health. Through this course, health science students will engage in collaborative community-based projects that will reduce the harm of groundwater toxins, which is an ongoing issue facing communities in the Yakima Valley.   

This course meets six Monday evenings over the course of the quarter (5:307:20) and will include a day-trip to Yakima (TBD). This visit to Yakima will include a tour of a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (a major source of groundwater contamination) and an opportunity to meet local community activists who are working on this issue.

Email Kelsen Caldwell,, for more information or to request an add code.

UCONJ 624: Health Equity and Community Organizing

The second course, health equity and community organizing (UCONJ 624) will be taught in collaboration with Sound Alliance and will help students to learn the skills to develop effective, winnable community organizing campaigns that produce greater health equity. "The goal of this course is for students to be able to work upstream to address the social determinants of health, so we don’t have to keep doing direct service and charity forever without ever addressing the reason why needs exist in the first place." The course meets Thursdays (from 5:307:20) and the bulk of the coursework is oriented toward actually getting involved in a Health Equity Circle campaign to apply these new skills and frameworks. Interested? Email David Fernando,, for more information or to request an add code. 

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

For more information about Service Learning opportunities, please contact Kelsen Caldwell, Service Learning Manager in the School of Medicine, at 206-685-2009 or

ORALM 651: Health and Homelessness

The School of Dentistry is offering its students a one-credit lunch-time discussion series and six-hour volunteer opportunity with ORALM 651: Health and Homelessness. This course aims to provide dental students with a comprehensive understanding of the homeless community and provide opportunities to volunteer in the community, partnering with the UW Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP), Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic, Roots Young Adult Shelter, Medical Teams International, U-District Conversation on Homelessness, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, and Casa Latina. Discussion sessions are scheduled from 12:30–1:20 PM on January 15 and 29, February 12 and 26, and March 12. For more information, contact Keegan Waldo at or Rica Mackert at More information to come on

For more information about interprofessional volunteer opportunities such as the Teeth and Toes Clinics with the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP) based out of the UW Department of Family Medicine,contact the CHAP Program Coordinator, Danielle Bienz at

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Around the Globe: Local, National and International IPE Events

16th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community
March 1517, 2015, Dallas, TX

InterProfessional Health Care Summit: From Education to Practice
April 10, 2015, Savannah, GA

Clarion 2014 Interprofessional Team Case Competition: A Systems-Based Practice
April 1718, 2015, University of Minnesota

"Equity and Access: Nursing Research, Practice, and Education" Communicating Nursing Research Conference
April 2225, 2015, Albuquerque, NM

Zoobiquity 5
April 2425, 2015, Boston, MA

The 5th European Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education
August 26–28, 2015, Nijmegen, The Netherlands 

Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) V
September 29October 2, 2015, Roanoke, Virginia
*Deadline for submitting abstracts is January 26, 2015 

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News from the IHI Open School UW Chapter

Interprofessional Shadowing Program

IHI Open School LogoOn Friday, November 14, the IHI Open School UW Chapter provided an opportunity for a small group of health sciences students to learn more about the role of administrators in healthcare at a Q&A session with Bahaa Wanly, an administrator at the UW Medicine Eastside Specialty Center in Bellevue. As healthcare organizations work to improve quality of care while decreasing costs, it is likely that healthcare providers of all professions will be called upon to lead improvement initiatives and work with healthcare administrators to plan and accomplish their goals. The session also included a tour of the facilities.  

For more information or to sign up for the IHI Open School UW Chapter mailing list, please contact Leslie Mallinger, the UW Chapter Vice President of Interprofessional Education, at

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