Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Phase I



This series of three 3-hour sessions (Phase I) involves interprofessional collaboration with audiology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy learners from Goldfarb School of Nursing, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Washington University School of Medicine. Approximately 700 first-year health professional learners participate in this curriculum annually.

Phase I focuses on social determinants of health (SDOH) and collaborative communication strategies. Prior to Session 1 learners heard a presentation about SDOH in general and the intent of this curriculum. In this first session, learners experience a poverty simulation and debriefing on how SDOH affect our clients/patients. They also explore on a basic level the roles of the different health professionals (audiology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy). Then in Session 2, the learners will learn and practice collaborative communication skills. In the final session, the learners will use their knowledge of SDOH and their collaborative communication skills to brainstorm strategies for a real client/patient who navigated the health care system while under/uninsured.

Overall Phase I Goals:

  1. Learn key communication skills to allow for patient-centered care and interprofessional team effectiveness
  2. Get acquainted with interprofessional team members and basic roles and responsibilities of the different health professions
  3. Begin to understand how social determinants of health impact patients and their health outcomes


Clinicians and Educators: Are you interested in facilitating a team of learners? Leave us your contact information and we will keep you informed of the details as they develop.


Session 1: Learners participate in an interprofessional poverty simulation and case discussion.
Session 2: Learners practicing collaborative communication skills in interprofessional teams.
Session 3: Learners present strategies and receive feedback from a client/patient from the St. Louis community.