Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Spring 2021 Newsletter

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Pharmacy interns describe their CIPE rotation experience
Kristen Thompson, PharmD and Olivia Zanger, PharmD

We had the privilege of completing one of our Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations with CIPE under the direction of our preceptors Heather Hageman and Robin Young. The past five weeks have been an incredible experience to say the least. We are both passionate about interprofessional development at St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy (UHSP) and  beyond.

While on this rotation, we collected and analyzed the resource guides and care plans produced by the 70 interprofessional teams during their Phase I CIPE curriculum. The resource guide project asked students to pick at least 5 social determinants of health (SDOH) from the Self-Sufficiency Matrix that included 12 possible SDOH. The interprofessional students then found multiple resources/websites related to the SDOH to create a lifelong, living document to have resources ready for their future careers. The Interprofessional Care Plan was an activity that involved listening to a podcasts where a client/patient describes their experience of navigating the health-care system while un/under-insured and picking two SDOH related to the clients’ story and creating a care plan to address the identified concerns.

Analyzing all of this information was an eye-opening experience. Looking through the student responses, it inspired us to think about those individuals we encountered on rotations and how to apply these resources to our future patients. There are many patients who could benefit from these resources and providing this information would improve patient outcomes by helping them achieve adequate housing, food, transportation, etc. Providing resources to help patients achieve better living conditions will ultimately lead to better health outcomes. For example, if a person with Type 2 diabetes came in for a visit saying that maintaining a healthy diet is difficult due to financial strain, it would be appropriate to supply resources to help them get closer to their A1c goal through the consumption of a healthier, affordable diet. Ultimately, it has a domino effect — helping the individual now can prevent the problem from intensifying.

Simple steps made as students, such as creating an in-depth resource guide, can lead to helping patients as future health-care professionals. Creating a list of valuable resources and having a care plan mindset can unlock the doors for better patient health. This allows the health-care professional to think holistically and efficiently for every patient walking through the door. Our goal, and the goal we challenge all interprofessional students and health-care students and professionals to aim for, is to create a detailed and location-specific resource guide. The hope is to continually update the guide to maintain relevant and helpful resources for our patients in need. This level of proactive thinking can better the lives of those around us.

This rotation has reminded us of the importance of being prepared for anything. Noticing and overcoming social determinants of health should be at the forefront of our minds as health-care professionals and this rotation has given us a way to organize our resources. We will continue to gather these resources throughout our lifetime. After all, interprofessional work does not end upon graduation; we should aim to build off each other’s work continually to achieve higher health-care standards than ever before.

Kristen Thompson, PharmD 2021 Candidate, St. Louis College of Pharmacy at UHSP

Olivia Zanger, PharmD 2021 Candidate, St. Louis College of Pharmacy at UHSP 

Community Health Workers in Practice: Clinical and Beyond

CIPE is fortunate to partner with community health workers across the St. Louis region. Their content expertise has informed the development of the Phase I IPE curriculum, particularly in how to partner with clients/patients in navigating social determinants of health factors. During our fall 2020 administration, facilitators who come from many partner clinical sites requested more information about CHWs to inform their clinical practice.

Ciearra Walker and Ryan Smith of the St. Louis Community Health Worker Coalition organized the presentation of six CHWs:

  • Theresa Barnes- CHW
  • Brittany Betts - Christian Hospital and connection to other BJC CHWs, CHW
  • LaKisha Reddit - Mercy Hospital, childbirth education
  • Carnadria Smith - Mercy Hospital and clinics, CHW
  • LaReecia Carter - Family Care Health Centers, CHW
  • Ryan Smith - St. Louis Integrated Health Network, mental health integration


Key learnings by participants included:

  • CHWs are effective at determining the root issues important to clients/patients
  • CHWs often spend more time than originally planned helping clients/patients
  • There is a CHW in nearly every clinical setting
  • CHWs are the bridge that supports patients throughout their entire inpatient and outpatient experience.
  • CHWs typically have similar experiences, so they can more effectively relate to the patient experience.
  • CHWs have a knowledge of community resources that clinicians often know nothing about.

Please contact CIPE directly if you would like to view the workshop recording.

Read more about learn more about CHWs in St. Louis and Missouri.

Calling facilitators for Virtual Phase I IPE Curriculum Fall 2021

Building upon our successes and learnings from last year, the CIPE Curriculum Committee is making improvements to the Phase I curriculum materials, training, and implementation. Phase I will continue to be offered in a virtual format for Fall 2021.

The virtual experience will require 70 facilitators, so we need your help to facilitate!

The ASK: Facilitate virtually on these dates, the same team (<10 learners) on all three days:

  • Wed., Sep. 22, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 6, 3- 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 13, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Please note that there is some preparation time (< 30 minutes) required in-between sessions to review the pre-session curriculum videos.

As always, we will provide a detailed script and training for you to feel confident in facilitating a team of interprofessional students. There will be a two-hour virtual training required with several dates/times to accommodate availability in late August/ early September.

Click here to sign up to facilitate the Fall sessions! If you are unsure yet of your fall schedule, put your name on the list and we will keep you in the loop as we get closer to the sessions.

Interprofessional Chaplain Contributor

By Chaplain Hamish Seegers, M. Div., APBCC-HPC

I have been on a quest to discover my meaning and purpose in life, one of humanity’s greatest spiritual needs. I have discovered the answer for me is to grow the understanding, utilization, and efficacy of chaplaincy across healthcare and beyond. My pursuit has led me to many different venues such as hospital rooms, hospice houses, prison cells, military barracks, and now educational settings.

The latter most recently presented as an opportunity to work with CIPE to provide the chaplain’s perspective to interprofessional collaboration. As the chaplain representative to Virtual IPE (VIPE), I bring my passion, experience and education to help support the patient, the family, and the staff in their distress and vulnerability. 

The case involved a clinical peer experiencing COVID and her fears of the pandemic, childcare, family issues, and faith/spiritual exploration. You see she is in a vulnerable place in her life. Honestly, she is representation of anyone of us — the only difference is she has had the misfortune of health issues.

I was involved in the case development as a chaplain consultant to highlight the cultural, spiritual, and emotional issues. I honored the chaplain’s lens of providing the space to talk about one’s own feelings without judgment, so that person can feel more respected, empowered, and at peace.

My small group was able to discuss the case in a collaborative, safe space, each member building on the contributions of others. The case revolved around a peer with COVID and the tremendous need to be aware of signs of pre-burnout. One student said, “Life is already tough enough — we should not make it harder for people, especially co-workers.”  We dialogued about how we can support peers in meaningful, not harmful or invasive, ways.

My group was also intrigued with the value of spiritual care and how it is important for everyone to be in tune with holistic health care. Spiritual care is providing the space to contemplate meaning and purpose of life and aligning a person’s values with their decisions. Spiritual care is about discovering peace and harmony especially amidst stressful, vulnerable times. We concluded that life is better together. I believe when we are able to help support one another life becomes more meaningful and purposeful for everyone involved.



Call for abstracts open for the Nexus Summit 2021

Contribute to the conversation and share your expertise at Nexus Summit 2021! The Nexus Summit 2021 Call for Abstracts selected themes for this year:

  • Innovations in Interprofessional Learning: in Practice and/or Education
  • Innovations in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (NEW for 2021!)
  • Client/Patient/Family and Community-Engaged and Co-created Practice and Education
  • The Nexus of Health Equity
  • Leadership and Mentorship
Explore the call for abstracts today for opportunities to share your actionable knowledge with hundreds of health professionals, educators, learners, patients and community members, systems leaders, and policy makers. The submission deadline is June 6, 2021.

Virtual IPE 101 Workshop: Interprofessional Small Group Facilitation

VIRTUAL IPE 101 Workshop: Interprofessional Small Group Facilitation*

Tuesday, May 18, 9am – 3pm.

Register here

Participants will learn about the IPE competencies and the emerging CIPE longitudinal curriculum. Those in attendance will also gain knowledge about implicit bias and the stereotypes of professions and the culture of teams, and have the chance to hone their facilitation and debriefing skills. This event is meant to be a foundational workshop which will be supplemented by our monthly workshop series on specific skills.

*IPE 101 is one component of the Master Interprofessional Educator Certificate.