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Health Sciences IPE News

IP Educators Attend National Train-the-Trainer Workshop at the UW

January 2016 Train-the-Trainer (T3) WorkshopThe second Train-the-Trainer (T3) Interprofessional Faculty Development Program was hosted at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this past January 25–28, 2016.  Sixteen participants composing four interprofessional (IP) teams attended the Macy T3 Interprofessional Faculty Development Program to further develop their interprofessional education (IPE) and/or interprofessional collaborative practice (ICP) projects at their home institutions. The teams represented Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Washington State University, UW’s School of Nursing Palliative Care Training Center, and University of Texas at Austin. The Macy T3 program is supported in part by funds from a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant (Brenda Zierler, PI) and in collaboration with the NCIPE

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i-TEETH Program Continues to Grow

Winter 2016 i-TEETH EventOn March 3rd, the third annual Interprofessional Teams Engaged in Education and Training in Health (i-TEETH) Program oral health case discussion and care planning seminar took place at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry. The two hour seminar is the Part Two of an innovative three-part training program to take interprofessional education from classroom to clinical and community practice. The specially developed interprofessional curriculum addresses gaps in oral health care with three goals in mind: 1) allow trainees to experience the learning continuum together (exposure, immersion, integration), 2)  allow trainees to move together along the didactic to practice continuum, and 3) address content and skill gaps in existing curricula.

Each year the program has grown to include more trainees and evolves. This year the program has expanded to include Masters of Social Work trainees and was spearheaded by Dr. Jennifer Sonney (SoN). Participants included 14 second-year University of Washington (UW) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner trainees, six first-year Pediatric Dental Residents and eight Masters of Social Work trainees. Facilitators included Jen Sonney (SoN), Gail Kieckhefer (SoN), Jacqui Justus (SoN), Rebecca Slayton (Dentistry), Charlotte Sanders (SW), Heather Marks (CPD), Amy Kim (Dentistry), and Tracy Brazg (SW). Funding for i-TEETH is provided by a faculty scholar award to Dr. Willgerodt from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and a Health Resources and Services Administration Technology-Enhanced Advanced Nursing Education Grant (Brenda Zierler, PI). 

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To download and use the i-TEETH curriculum, go to MedEdPORTAL

NWHFC Webinar Series is Coming Soon!

NWHFC Project Echo logoThe Northwest Heart Failure Collaborative: Project Echo (NWHF Collaborative: Project Echo) is launching a web-based heart failure consultation and education program for community healthcare providers in May 2016. The web-based conferences begin with a 15 minute presentation on a heart failure topic by an interprofessional group of UW Medicine experts followed by 45 minutes dedicated to discussing patient cases presented by community providers and questions submitted participants. The web-based conference series is intended for primary care clinicians (including pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physicians) in underserved or isolated practice settings. The series is free to participants. The first webinar is May 4th and will reoccur on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12:00–1:00 PM PST.   

These sessions are supported in part by funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number D09HP286700100 (Brenda Zierler, PI), and Sanofi.

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Featured Faculty

This feature is part of our series highlighting the work of faculty teaching IPE at UW.

Dr. Lynne RobinsOur featured IPE faculty member for February was Lynne Robins, PhD. Dr. Robins is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education in the UW School of Medicine and holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatric Dentistry. She earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught linguistics and anthropology before entering the field of medical education as Director of Curriculum Evaluation at University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Robins joined the UWSOM faculty in 2000, soon finding her niche in faculty development and mentoring. She has been Director of the University of Washington’s Teaching Scholars Program – a longitudinal education fellowship for faculty in the health professions – since 2002.  In 2011 she won the UW Medicine Mentoring Award. In 2015, she became the Director of the Center for Leadership & Innovation in Medical Education.  Her major areas of research interest include patient-physician communication and interprofessional team practice. 

To read our interview with Dr. Robins, click here

Dr. Nanci MurphyOur featured IPE faculty member for March is Nanci Murphy, PharmD, RPh. Dr. Murphy is a Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Director of Student Leadership Programs at the School of Pharmacy and Co-Director of the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice. She has previously served as Associate Dean and Executive Head of the Office of Academic and Student Programs at the School of Pharmacy and helped found the Center for Pharmacy Leadership and Professional Excellence and the Bridges to Health Patient Advocacy Center. Dr. Murphy has served as faculty mentor and advisor for a number of award-winning patient care and community outreach projects including, the American Association Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Community Engaged Service Award, the AACP Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award and Project CHANCE (recognizing outstanding service in medically underserved communities). 

To read our interview with Dr. Murphy, click here

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Recent IPE Events at UW

2016 Intra-UW CLARION Competition Winners.CLARION Competition

Congratulations to the 2016 UW CLARION Competition winners Christopher Kim (Pharmacy), Katheryn Christiansen (Public Health), Stephanie Van Cleave (Nursing), and Panachon Lor (Public Health)! On February 29th from 5:00- 8:00 pm in the Health Sciences Building, they competed with another interprofessional team of students for a chance to represent the UW at the National CLARION Competition in April. Both teams presented plans to increase healthcare access for Native Americans. Guest faculty judges this year included David Masuda (Public Health), Lauren Cline (Nursing) and Jennifer Chang (Pharmacy). The competition was organized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School UW Chapter representatives Nan Aye (Pharmacy) and Tiffany Woelfel (Public Health and Social Work) with support from the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice. 

Public Health and Oral Health IPE

Young child with dental caries.More than 600 interprofessional health sciences students from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Public Health and the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program participated in the Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice event, “Interprofessional Partnerships for Individual, Community and Public Health“ on January 14. They met in 43 small groups across the Health Sciences campus to discuss the causes of pediatric dental caries and what could be done about them. IPE faculty from all of the health sciences programs facilitated the group discussions. Pediatric dental caries (also known as tooth decay or cavities) is the second most common childhood disease after the common cold and the number one chronic disease in children. In some cases, caries are so severe that children require surgical intervention.

Dr. Amy Kim, Director of IPE at the UW School of Dentistry, shared, “Students were blown away that a very preventable condition is so common and kids can end up in general anesthesia—that kids can die. This places a huge burden on the healthcare teams and the families.”

The Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice series of events is funded by the UW Health Sciences schools.

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Upcoming IPE Events at UW

IHI Healthcare Jeopardy

The Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School UW Chapter is hosting an event that seeks to improve awareness about homelessness and healthcare in Seattle and King County. On April 6 at 5:00 PM in Health Sciences Building room T473 there will be a presentation from a Tent City Collective representative, enriching group activities, prizes and food. Interdisciplinary collaboration will be encouraged to consider approaches to better addresses obstacles to healthcare in this population. Graduate students in health-related disciplines are welcome to attend. Please RSVP at

TeamSTEPPS Training

Clinicians in the inpatient Advanced Heart Failure care units are attending one of five 4 hour training sessions this March. The purpose of these trainings is to learn about and practice TeamSTEPPS skills and IP rounding. By the end of March, over 100 clinicians from the Regional Heart Center will have participated.

For the first part of the training facilitators will lead the participants through a variety of TeamSTEPPS skills and activities including how to work on a team with a shared mental model; how to practice briefs, huddles, and debriefs; and how to communicate information with SBAR and CUS. The second half of the training focuses on reviewing and practicing the IP rounding tools. Susan Pambianco (APP), Leah Spacciante (RN Manager in 5NE), Renee Pacquet (RN Manager in 5SE), and Kevin O’Brien (Attending Physician in both 5NE and 5SE) will introduce the IP rounding tools and lead small group practice sessions. IP rounding will launch in 5NE on March 17th. The 5SE unit (CCU) is already practicing IP rounding. Funding for this training is provided by a HRSA Interprofessional Collaborative Practice for Advanced Heart Failure grant (Brenda Zierler, PI). 

6th Annual Interprofessional Error Disclosure Event

The fourth and final Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice event of the 2015-2016 academic year, "Interprofessional Error Disclosure," will be held on April 18 in the Magnusson Health Sciences Building. More than 600 interprofessional health sciences students from the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, Public Health and the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program are estimated to attend. The Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice series of events is funded by the UW Health Sciences schools.

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Around the Globe: Local, National and International IPE Events

2016 Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Change Conference

March 10-11, 2016, Dallas, TX

Train-the-Trainer Faculty Development Program: Interprofessional Education Faculty Development for Educators

17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community

March 20-22, 2016, Orlando, FL

National Academies of Practice 2016 Annual Meeting & Forum

April 8-9, 2016, Baltimore, MD

21st year, the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

April 12-15, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC): Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

May 4–6, 2016, Herndon, VA

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News from the IHI Open School UW Chapter

IHI Open School logoClass Representative Elections

The IHI Open School UW Chapter is currently holding elections for 2016-2017 Class Representatives.

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