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Dr. Alan Dow to speak about Interprofessional Education at UT-Austin on February 11

Dr. Alan Dow to speak about Interprofessional Education at UT-Austin on February 11

Join the UT IPE team and partner schools (College of Pharmacy, Dell Medical School, School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work) at UT-Austin's Blanton Auditorium next Thursday, February 11 at 5:30pm for the presentation, "Building the Team Society Needs: The Present and Future of Interprofessional Practice" with Alan Dow, M.D., M.H.S.A. of Virginia Commonwealth University. There will be a reception beginning at 5:00pm in the mezzanine. Please RSVP at

Dr. Dow will outline the challenges facing society and the healthcare system. Then, he will describe why better interprofessional practice is one of the few promising solutions to these challenges. Finally, he will describe some programs from his institution that have impacted communities through improve care of individuals with chronic illness.

Dr. Dow is currently the Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University and works to bring collaborative instruction, leadership training, and interprofessional teamwork to the forefront of healthcare education. He attended medical school at Washington University, completed his residency in internal medicine at VCU, and practices as an internist. He also has a health administration degree from VCU.

Dr. Dow directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care, which facilitates collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and the board of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Dr. Dow is part of an interprofessional team (comprised of nurses, pharmacists, and social workers) that is implementing and studying the impact of interprofessional care coordination for older adults in a low-income multifamily housing complex.

Selected as one of the 2011 inaugural class of Macy Faculty Scholars (funded by the Josiah H. Macy, Jr. Foundation), Dr. Dow has focused assessing IPE programs at VCU and integrating best practices into health science curricula. Students from across disciplines are equipped with problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills that are necessary to function as part of the health care team.

As the field of health care continually evolves with technological advances, Dr. Dow states, “Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals can no longer work in silos. They must be able to integrate as part of a team in order to provide the best possible care in the complex and fast-paced health care environment.”  (

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