News from UT InterProfessional Education

Rehearsing in Real Life: Social Work Students Participate in IPE Healthcare Simulations

Rehearsing in Real Life: Social Work Students Participate in IPE Healthcare Simulations
A distressed hospital patient in his fifth day of alcohol detox complains of headache and tremors and demands medication as several nurses swarm around trying to figure out what is the best course of action. A social worker is called in, and she momentarily soothes the patient with a breathing exercise. Soon, however, he starts demanding medication again. The scene was part of a detox simulation for nursing and social work students at The University of Texas at Austin this past spring. The patient was in fact a mannequin, expertly managed from the control room by Scott Hudson from the School ...

Interprofessional Education Community Service Learning Project Presentations

Interprofessional Education Community Service Learning Project Presentations
Students of the N489 Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): Practicum II class at The University of Texas displayed their evidenced-based projects during the Interprofessional Education Community Service Learning Project Poster Presentation. A total of nine posters were displayed from teams of Clinical Nurse Specialist students who consulted or collaborated with 7 medical residents, 1 pharmacy student, and 3 graduate social work students on the projects. Over two semesters, the students worked with nine different community organizations to focus on improving the quality and deliver...

Our 1st UT AG-CNS HRSA Scholar Graduating Class!

Our 1st UT AG-CNS HRSA Scholar Graduating Class!
Our 1st class of 18 HRSA IPE Adult Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist scholars are graduating May 22, 2015! They have been working hard for the past year with nine community agencies on project to improve healthcare for the underserved members of our community with multiple chronic health condition. They presented their results in a poster session on April 27th and are hard at work preparing manuscripts for future publication! We look forward to reporting their future success and how what they started here “Changes the WORLD!”   Left to right: Back row: Brandi Chainier; Victoria Hunt...

Medical Homes for Children and Adults with Complex Medical Conditions: Lessons Learned from Two Clinics

On February 9, an interprofessional panel of expert clinicians and researchers spoke about two clinics, one pediatric and one adult-focused, following the medical home model. The panel included, Barbara Jones, PhD, MSW, Kendra Koch, MA, Mrinalini Kulkarni-Date, MD, Toni Wakefield, MD, FAAP, and Mari-Ann Alexander, PhD, RN. Hosted by a Health Resources and Service Administration Grant that promotes interprofessional collaborative practice, the group presented the information gained throughout their experiences. Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), more commonly referred to as medical or hea...

Dr. Pamela R. Jeffries: Use of Technology to Improve Interprofessional Collaboration

Dr. Pamela Jeffries is coming to The University of Texas at Austin! Dr. Pamela Jeffries, one of the leading experts in interprofessional education and simulation, will present a faculty development program on how technology can be used to improve interprofessional collaboration for UT faculty in the health professions. Join us in the Lone Star Room in the Frank Erwin Center Thursday 12/11 at 2-3:30pm as we host an exceptional faculty development event, and discuss the importance of technology in the interprofessional education setting. Register: Click here to register for this event. Dr. Je...

TeamSTEPPS Faculty Presentation

On October 29th, faculty from nursing, social work, medicine and pharmacy gathered for a presentation delivered by Carol Delville PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, Master TeamSTEPPS Trainer. The primary purpose of the presentation was to introduce an evidence-based framework to optimize health care team performance (TeamSTEPPS) to faculty for use with their health care students in classrooms and clinical settings. By implementing the everyday use of these components in teaching, students will begin to master the skills required in an interprofessional setting. This framework has four critical components: ...

Interprofessional Graduate Elective: Diagnosis & Management of Adult-Gerontological Health Problems

Book and StethoscopeN389H AG-CNS: Diagnosis & Management of Adult-Gerontological Health ProblemsNow an Interprofessional Graduate Elective! PREREQUISITES: Graduate standing & Consent of Dr. Innerarity Office Number: (512) 471-4183 CREDIT: 3 credit hours Monday 4-7 PM Case based seminar course focusing on theoretical and clinical content for medical management of health problems for adult-gerontological patients, with an emphasis on diagnostic evaluation and medical management Learn: Pattern recognition Critical thinking Analysis Diagnostic testing Differential medical diagnosis Medical manage...

Happy Anniversary HRSA: Thanks for the Opportunities!

ashley surber    Just over one year ago, the University of Texas (UT) at Austin received a multi-million dollar federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), for improving interprofessional education (IPE) in healthcare. Today, students are talking about the benefits. “I have been given the education needed to play an active role in the planning and implementation of healthcare,” says Registered Nurse and graduate student Ashley Surber, who is working towards her goal of becoming an Orthopedic Clinical Nurse Specialist. Brandi Chainier, one member of the initial co...

Networking Session for UT-Austin and Community Agencies

NetworkingAre you interested in sharing your organization's mission and creating connections with people and organizations across healthcare disciplines? St. David's Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR) is hosting a networking session for local agencies and the UT-Austin community on Friday, October 10th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This is an excellent opportunity to meet others in the healthcare industry and discover local agencies who are working on initiatives that excite you. RSVP deadline is September 12th (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

200+ Researchers and Organizations at UT Working to Help Those with Multiple Chronic Conditions

researchA new resource is available for those looking at research in the area of multiple chronic conditions (MCC). A searchable list of over 200 researchers and organizations at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin who are looking at MCC-related issues is now available online. MCC research at UT spans a wide range of categories, including everything from the role of social stress on the development of aggression during puberty, to the development of novel therapeutic strategies for treating cancer, and even health literacy issues focused on ways to design health messages to reach low health literat...

Health Communication Scholars Program Students Learn to Successfully Navigate the Research Grant Acquisition Process

rsz mackertMichael Mackert, Associate Professor in the University of Texas (UT) of Austin's College of Communications, is teaching students how to successfully navigate the research grant acquisition process through the interdisciplinary Health Communication Scholars Program.  Dr. Mackert, one of UT"s 20 inaugural Provost's Teaching Fellows appointed in Fall 2013, is using his project funding to teach interprofessional teams about the grant writing process, including how to write a grant, how to compete for funding, and how to design a successful research project. Student teams competed before a fac...

Hospital Simulation Day: Opportunities for Interprofessional Collaboration


Hospital Simulation Day provides students with an opportunity to experience a hospital setting in a safe and controlled environment. Click on the video below for an up-close view of Hospital Simulation Day.

Hospital Simulation Day: Experiential Learning in a Safe Environment

Hospital Sim Day (photos by Brian Birzer, Brian Birzer Photography)Hospitalized after a fatal accident, an innocent father is blamed for his son’s tragic death. It sounds like a modern-day television drama, but it’s not; instead it was just one of the scenarios played out during this year’s Hospital Simulation (Sim) Day, part of Longhorn Nursing Week at the University of Texas (UT). Hosted by UT’s School of Nursing, Hospital Sim Day provided students with a safe environment in which to learn effective communication skills and proper responses during real-world, high stress situations. Being able to “communicate with patients, families, communities, and other ...

Longhorn Research Bazaar 2014

rsz research bazaar 2014Longhorn Research Bazaar 2014   As part of its seventh annual campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity (known as Research Week 2014), University of Texas students from a wide range of disciplines gathered last week to share their research and experiences at the Longhorn Research Bazaar. Undergraduate research presentations included topics ranging from “Addiction Education for Medical Professionals” to “Views on Justice Across Europe.” Participants from various departments and organizations were also on hand to offer both information and fun giveaways. &nbs...

UT Nursing Students Join Poster Session at 2014 Annual CHPR Conference

CHPR Conference Poster SessionNursing students Emily Coleman and Emily Anderson were among several University of Texas (UT) students with posters on display during the 2014 St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR) Annual Conference earlier this month. More than 40 posters on the topic of "Promoting Healthy Communities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" were displayed and experts from across the country discussed evidence-based strategies for improving health and safety in the environments where we live, work and play. Poster topics included such themes as ...

Dean of New Medical School - Interprofessional Education Is "Key"

Dr. Clay JohnstonDr. Clay Johnston- photo by Marsha Miller The Inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School, Dr. Clay Johnston, discusses the future of healthcare education at The University of Texas (UT), including the significance of interprofessional education and team-based care. According to Johnston, "The The real opportunity is to take the foundation built around the university and all the work they’ve been doing, and also a great network of hospital systems and clinicians in the area, and think about how the medical school should be designed not for the kind of health care we deliver today, but for the k...

IPE Team Member, Barbara Jones, Nominated in University of Texas Top 10 Most Talented and Inspiring Professors

Barb Jones PhotoThe University of Texas (UT) at Austin recently asked alumni to submit nominations for their most talented and inspiring professors. It came as no surprise when Dr. Barbara Jones, Associate Professor in UT's School of Social Work, was honored as one of the 2014 top 10 professors. Her research focuses on improving care for youth and adults patients with cancer and their families. In addition, Dr. Jones teaches courses in psychosocial oncology, grief and loss, social work in health care, and interprofessional education. Congratulations to Dr. Jones for this well-deserved honor. Click here to rea...

IPE Makes Better Healthcare: Innovation at The University of Texas

Graduate students in the health-related professions at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin collaborate through interprofessional teams to address real-world problems in the city of Austin while learning improved communication and teamwork skills. "Transformative Teams in Healthcare", an elective course developed by Dr. Barb Jones (Associate Professor at UT's School of Social Work) and Dr. John Luk (Assistant Dean for Regional Medical Education at UT Medical Branch), was first offered to medicine and social work students in Fall 2013.  The course has expanded to include a variety of hea...

Considering Facilitation Challenges for Interprofessional Teams

Faculty members in varying disciplines and from multiple universities recently gathered at The University of Texas (UT) to discuss methods for improving the facilitation of interprofessional student groups in healthcare. Guest speaker Dr. Brenda Zierler, the Inaugural University of Washington Health Science’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) Faculty Scholar, provided a brief update on IPE in healthcare at the national level, followed by a video-driven discussion of real-world challenges faced by facilitators of interprofessional student groups.      Attendees from a ...

Explore UT 2014: The Biggest Open House in Texas

Explore UT 2013 ClassPhoto ThumbnailMarch 1, 2014 will mark the 15th anniversary of "the biggest open house in Texas" as The University of Texas (UT) opens its doors to members of the community for a free, day-long celebration of all that is uniquely UT. Attendees will be able to engage in a wide variety of activities across campus, such as: participating in free health screenings offered by the School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy; taking a tour of the UT Tower; or even letting young children work with engineering and pre-med students to create floating bridges and playdoh.  Visit Explore UT's web pages to see times f...