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Liberating Structures Workshop 6May2015Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures developer Keith McCandless and Carlos Arce, Director of Organizational Development at the Billings Clinic, facilitated a Liberating Structures workshop at the UW Magnuson Health Sciences Building on May 6, 2015. More than 40 participants represented the Regional Heart Center, TeamCORE, and the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice. During two 90-minute sessions, participants learned and practiced Liberating Structures techniques that explored alternative ways to share information and structure meetings.

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Compassionate Listening and Difficult Conversations

On March 25th, more than 70 UW Health Sciences faculty, staff, UWMC providers and administrators came together to learn about managing conflict in health care workplaces. Dr. Sarah Shannon (School of Compassionate Listening 25 March 2015Nursing) and Dr. Sara Kim (School of Medicine) presented “From Conflict to Common Goals: A Blueprint for Planning Difficult Conversations” an introduction to their teaching model for engaging in entrenched conflict. Guest speaker, Chuck Pratt, an independent consultant on conflict management presented “Promoting Dialogue: Compassionate Listening Skills for Building Professional Relationships" in which he outlined a couple of models for conflict management and guided the audience through addressing real conflicts experienced by audience members. After the presentations, 38 participants had the opportunity to put the Shannon-Kim teaching model into practice and brush up their communication skills during a simulated conflict with a standardized actor portraying a colleague.

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IOM LogoThe IOM Report on Impact of IPE

The Institute of Medicine released its latest report, Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes on April 22, 2015. The report looks beyond classroom-based learning to focus on the impact of IPE on "patient safety, patient and provider satisfaction, quality of care, health promotion, population health, and the cost of care."

To read the report, click on this link to the National Acadamies Press website.

New Guide for Evaluating IPE Programs

Journal of Interprofessional Care CoverA new guide outlining how to design a robust IPE evaluation was published February 11, 2015 in the Journal of Interprofessional Care by authors Scott Reeves (Kingston University & St. George’s University of London), Sylvain Boet (University of Ottawa & The Ottawa Hospital), Brenda Zierler (University of Washington), and Simon Kitto (University of Ottawa). The authors recommend 11 suggestions for designing, implementing, and disseminating IPE projects ranging from how to choose the best theoretical model for your evaluation to tips on analyzing results.

To read the full article on evaluation tips and strategies, click here.

UW IPE Faculty Highlights

Dr. Karen McDonoughEach month, the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education highlights faculty involved in developing interprofessional activities.  We are currently highlighting Karen McDonough, MD from the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Karen McDonough is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and an Attending Physician for Consultative and Hospital Medicine at the University of Washington, specializing in peri-operative medicine and medical student education. She attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. In addition to her clinical role as an attending physician, Dr. McDonough chairs the second year Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, teaches clinical skills at the bedside weekly, and has developed and chaired the Capstone course for graduating medical students. She has partnered with faculty from the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program to lead the Interprofessional Education Foundations Series of IPE events. She actively contributes to professional practice literature through frequent audio recordings in Practical Reviews in Internal Medicine and by authoring multiple chapters and co-editing the 5th edition of the “Manual of Evidence Based Admitting Orders and Therapeutics.”

To read our interview with Dr. McDonough, click here.

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Recent IPE Events at UW

Shared Decision-Making

Shared Decision-Making Event 7May2015On Thursday, May 7th, 87 students from the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant and Master of Social Work programs attended an interprofessional Shared Decision-Making case study event. They worked together on a real patient case, identifying areas of concern, planning how to include the patient and family members in the care decision-making process and discussing how they would work collaboratively with other health professions to provide the highest quality of care.

Co-founders of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety, Dr. Yanling Yu and her husband, Dr. Rex Johnson, shared their personal story of how Yanling’s father died as the result of receiving a contraindicated medication during hospitalization in 2008 and how they were excluded from the care team and care decision-making process. An interprofessional panel of faculty from the Schools of Pharmacy, Social Work, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program, Nursing, and Medicine joined them during the second half of the session (after students had worked through the case) and shared their perspectives on how their professions could have worked together to improve Mr. Yu’s outcome.

To read the full article, click here.

17th Annual Faculty Development Day

The University of Washington School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development sponsored the 17th Annual Faculty Development Day on March 18, bringing together health professionals from the WWAMI region for a day of collaboration and education on recognizing unconscious bias in the faculty search process.

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IHI Open School April 2015 EventIHI Open School IPE Case Study

About thirty UW health professional students from the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Speech and Language Pathology program, and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine all gathered on Wednesday April 15th for an interprofessional case discussion. Students split into interprofessional groups of six where they brainstormed a list of medical and psychosocial concerns they had about a patient with diabetes facing an amputation and collaborated on a patient care plan.

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Upcoming IPE Events at UW

IHI Open School Facilitated IPE Case Study

IHI Open School logoAll Health Sciences students are invited to attend a hands-on patient case activity on Tuesday, May 19 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in Magnuson Health Sciences Building Room T359. Professor Ed Walker, MD, MHA will facilitate as interprofessional teams of students work together, problem solving and planning patient care. Food and beverages will be provided compliments of the IHI Open School UW Chapter. To RSVP, go to

Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Summit

The Health Sciences Service Learning and Advocacy Group is hosting their 3rd annual celebration of student-led interprofessional community engagement: “Health Equity, Advocacy and Reflective Practice” on May 19th, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Magnuson Health Sciences Building Rotunda. 

This year’s program will feature:
•    Health Equity Reflection Contestants sharing their perspectives on health equity in the form of poetry, video and more
•    A keynote speech by advocacy great Nancy Amidei
•    Free dinner from Taste of India
•    A showcase of key accomplishments and lessons learned from two interprofessional student groups
•    Recognition of preceptors, supervisors, community partners, and more.

Please RSVP here if you would like to attend. For more information about the Health Equity Reflection Contest, click here.

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Around the Globe: Local, National and International IPE Events

International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Annual Meeting
June 13–16, 2015, San Diego, CA 

World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) 2015 World Congress
June 20–22, 2015, St. Louis, MO

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

Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) V
September 29–October 2, 2015, Roanoke, VA

Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?
November 12–14, 2015, Vancouver, BC

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News from the IHI Open School UW Chapter

2015 CLARION National Case Competition

2015 UW CLARION TeamOn April 17 and 18, UW students Kirk Kissner (MBA), Nan Aye (PharmD), David Rainey (MD, MEd), and Tiffany Woelfel (MSW, MPH) competed in the 2015 National CLARION Case Competition at the University of Minnesota. The CLARION National Case Competition brings together interprofessional teams of healthcare students from around the country to address systems changes needed to build a better healthcare system in the context of real world standards of practice. This year, competing teams analyzed the case, “A Stroke of Bad Luck,” that included a health system profile and a sentinel event. Each team presented a root cause analysis and quality improvement recommendations. While the UW team did not place in the top three this year, judges had very positive feedback on their presentation.

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