News from UT InterProfessional Education

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Course: Bringing students together from Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work

IMG 4770The Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice course launched into Spring 2107 semester with a focus on application of interprofessional collaborative practice competencies. With 266 students from pharmacy, medicine, social work and nursing working on interprofessional teams, the 2nd semester of interprofessional education tackles clinical applications using team-based care. The topics include: Team Communication in Addiction Care, Applying TeamSTEPPS® Tools to Transitions in Care, Team Communication Palliative Care, and Team Error Disclosure. This dynamic, interactive ...

IPE Core Competencies Video Launch

Screen Shot 2016 08 17 at 3.35.56 PMThe Interprofessional Education team at The University of Texas is proud to announce the launch of the much anticipated "IPE Core Competencies" videos. The series, which includes four videos, offers in-depth examination of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative’s (IPEC) “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.” The four videos focus on a health care team working through family concerns as the patient transitions to palliative care, using this clinical scenario to illustrate the IPEC competencies. The videos, hosted by The University of Texas College of Pharmacy’s...

Highlights from Dr. Alan Dow's IPE Presentation

 America’s healthcare system faces distinct challenges: to improve health, to enhance the quality of care, and to reduce costs, all while serving a growing population that is medically underserved and sicker with multiple chronic conditions. Alan Dow, MD, MHSA, views these challenges as opportunities for higher education schools of health to work collaboratively and equip tomorrow’s healthcare providers with the skills to combat today’s challenges. On Thursday, February 11, Dr. Dow visited UT and presented “Building the Team Society Needs: The Present and Future of Interprofessional Pract...

IPEC Announces Expansion

IPEC.jpgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:FEBRUARY 22, 2016 Contact: Shelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(202) 463-6930 ext. 269   Interprofessional Education Collaborative Announces Expansion Nine New Members Join Organization Dedicated to Improving Patient Care The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has approved nine additional members through a new institutional membership category, expanding its representation of associations of schools of the health professions to 15. Established in 2009 by six organizations committed to advancing interprofessional le...

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 https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8BsqykgisQd61lH. Dr. Dow will outline the challenges facing society and the healthcare system...

Hospital Simulation Days at UT School of Nursing

Construction still surrounds all sides of UT Austin’s School of Nursing building, but inside the school on the fourth floor sits the newly finished state of the art Simulation and Skill Center (SSC).  The SSC has three labs: simulation lab, skills lab, and the wet/dry lab.  The skills lab has three rooms, each with six hospital beds, over-bed tables, bedside charting stations, and other hospital related equipment and supplies. Students are able to put learning to use by practicing skills in this simulated hospital environment prior to working in a clinical setting.  This past No...

Dr. Bauer-Wu's Lecture in Holistic Healing: Mind Full or Mindful?

One of the most pervasive conditions of the 21st century is stress; Americans are living in a culture where multi-tasking is essential and being stressed out is one of the chronic side effects. At the UT School of Nursing’s Helen L. Erickson PhD, RN, FAAN Lecture in Holistic Healing last Thursday, Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu spoke on “Resilience for Patients and Professionals through Mindfulness: Research and Practical Application.” Dr. Bauer-Wu likened modern day stress to a storm at sea –choppy water, strong winds, and an ominous sky exist at the surface. But in the depths of the sea beneath the surf...

Interprofessional Graduate Course Offering for Spring 2016

Register now for the Spring 2016 Graduate Course: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Psychosocial Oncology Practice and Research Instructor: Barbara Jones, PhD, MSW UT School of Social Work Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 Dr. Barbara Jones, PhD, MSW, is Assistant Dean for Health Affairs, Professor and Co-Director, The Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice at the UT Austin School of Social Work. Dr. Jones is the Past-President of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW) and a member of the Children’s Oncology Group. Dr. Jones is a Board Member of the Social Work Ho...

October is American Pharmacists Month

APhMnth Logo cropThis month, we celebrate integral members of the health care team, pharmacists! American Pharmacists Month (APhM) brings awareness and celebrates pharmacists as medication experts who are directly involved in patient care. According to pharmacists.com, “APhM aims to educate the public, policy makers and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications. Pharmacists have a significant role in assessing patients’ medication management and referring them to physicians.” For more i...

A reflection on an IPE learning opportunity by UT Austin instructor and doctoral candidate

A reflection on an IPE learning opportunity by UT Austin instructor and doctoral candidate
Megan Pfitzinger Lippe, MSN, RN is an assistant instructor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing as well as a doctoral candidate and a Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar (2014-16 cohort). Pfitzinger Lippe's reflection of her experiences in the IPE elective, Transformative Teams in Healthcare, was published in the September issue of Reflections on Nursing Leadership. Her article, "I thought I was a well-versed interprofessional collaborator...I was wrong!" details the need for and benefits of debunking stereotypes and learning more about the roles of other p...

2015 Clinical Nurse Specialists Week: September 1-7

2015 Clinical Nurse Specialists Week: September 1-7
Tomorrow (September 1) kicks off the first day of the seventh annual National CNS Recognition Week. The theme for 2015 is The Clinical Nurse Specialist: Vital Link in Health Care Reform. Sponsored by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS), this week commemorates the contributions of Hildegard Peplau to nursing and health care. Born in 1909, Dr. Peplau was a prominent nursing theorist whose landmark book, Interpersonal Relations in Nursing, emphasized the nurse-client relationship as the foundation for nursing practice and today serves as the basis of the CNS r...

IPE Event: Simulation & Debriefing Conference with Dr. Sharon Decker

IPE Event: Simulation & Debriefing Conference with Dr. Sharon Decker
Over 85 professionals from across disciplines attended the conference, "Expanding the use of simulation and debriefing in clinical education: Where are we now, and what's next?" at The University of Texas at Austin's Thompson Conference Center on Thursday, August 20. This interprofessional education event brought together nurses, pharmacists, physicians, respiratory therapists, and social workers to learn from simulation expert Dr. Sharon Decker (PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN), Associate Dean for Simulation; Professor, Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Simulation and Nursing Education; and Executi...

Public Health Simulation Event: Volunteers Needed!

Public Health Simulation Event: Volunteers Needed!
  Approximately 60 volunteers are needed for a Poverty Simulation event on September 19th from 9am - 1pm. The purpose of the simulation is for students and community volunteers to better understand the complex system of healthcare /community services available to the poor and the obstacles clients must overcome to access them.  Some students will staff the tables (ex. WIC, medical clinics, food stamps) and some will play the role of clients attempting to navigate the system. Volunteers can contact David Dunn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up or obtain more infor...

New Video Released: IPE Lessons from the Field with Dr. Veronica Young

New Video Released: IPE Lessons from the Field with Dr. Veronica Young
  August 4, 2015: IPE at The University of Texas at Austin published a video, "Lessons Learned from the Field," featuring Dr. Veronica Young (PharmD, MPH), Director of Interprofessional Education and Clinical Associate Professor of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice at UT Austin. Dr. Young shares tips for faculty who want to bring IPE strategies and activities to their classroom with the goal of teaching students to work collaboratively to improve quality of patient care.   

Register now to attend Simulation Conference

Register now to attend Simulation Conference
Register today to learn more about simulation in clinical education, strategies for effective debriefing, and strategies to develop interprofessional collaborative competencies with featured speaker, Sharon Decker, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN. Choose between breakout sessions: -Hospital Simulation Days: Dr. Ronnie Stout, Center for Simulation Director, University of Texas at El Paso -Critical Elements of Debriefing: Dr. Sharon Decker, Associate Dean for Simulation and Professor, Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Simulation and Nursing Education, and Executive Director of The F. Marie Hall SimL...

Seton partners with UT Austin for research to improve healthcare services delivery

Seton partners with UT Austin for research to improve healthcare services delivery
  Seton Healthcare Family will fund 7 research initiatives through The University of Texas at Austin to help prevent healthcare services delivery problems in Central Texas. The Center for Health and Social Policy at UT Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs will oversee the $300,000 funding for the cross-disciplinary research collaborations with multiple UT departments, centers, and schools, including the School of Nursing.     SON associate professor Bo Xie is one of the principal investigators (PI) for the study, "Manual and Automatic Analysis of Patients’ Va...

HHS offering online education & training materials on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC)

HHS offering online education & training materials on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC)
Now available online: Health and Human Services created "a six-module curriculum designed for academic faculty, educators and trainers to inform healthcare professionals caring for persons living with multiple chronic conditions. Based on the MCC Education and Training Framework (http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/mcc/education-and-training/index.html), these modules provide knowledge and tools healthcare professionals can use as they improve quality of care of persons living with MCC.” An introductory PowerPoint and six presentations are now available for use by educators across the healthca...

Transformative Teams Video Released!

Transformative Teams Video Released!
InterProfessional Education at The University of Texas is excited to reveal one of our first videos to illustrate an exemplar of how interprofessional education works in the elective, Transformative Teams for Health Care. This video features Dr. John Luk, Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Dell Medical School and Lecturer with the School of Social Work, and Dr. Barbara Jones, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Palliative Care and Family Survival in the School of Social Work. Students from Dr. Luk and Dr. Jones' elective course share about their interactions with stu...

Poverty Simulation: Interprofessional Education event exposes students to patient challenges

Poverty Simulation: Interprofessional Education event exposes students to patient challenges
Interprofessional initiative builds empathy for patients with financial insecurities They gather early on a Saturday morning at the university's Anna Hiss Gymnasium not exactly sure what to expect from the next couple of hours.   More than 80 people put aside their lives and preconceived thoughts and either took on the persona of one of the 45 million Americans who daily face significant financial challenges or assumed the role of a staff member working in a business or community service agency that works with indigent communities.  For the next two hours they will gain a brief gl...

Moody College Partners with Health Alliance for Austin Musicians to Offer Screenings and Earplugs to Austin

The Moody College of Communication has teamed up with the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) and Estes Audiology Hearing Centers to provide free hearing screenings and earplugs to local musicians. These clinics are offered four times a year where musicians who are members of HAAM will receive screenings from UT experts and Estes Audiology staff members, which include testing, counseling and customized filtered ear plugs.  To read the rest of the story, please click here.