Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Summer 2017 Newsletter

The CIPE's Revised Mission, Vision, and Values

The CIPE Steering Committee engaged in a strategic planning process during the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017. Members revisited the purpose of the CIPE, as informed by discussions with and committee work by faculty from all CIPE professions. This discussion culminated in a comprehensive mission/vision/values statement which has been endorsed by the highest levels within each CIPE-collaborating institution:
  • Mission: We promote an educational environment that values and supports collaboration by building a community of interprofessional champions and scholars, developing & integrating curricula, and enhancing collaborative practice.
  • Vision: We aim to improve health and wellness of the greater St. Louis region through interprofessional care delivery, education, and community partnerships, creating a best-evidence model which can be adapted to other communities.
  • Values: Partnerships, trust, respect, advocacy, scholarship, innovation, and quality

The revised Mission/Vision/Values are prominent in our IPE Program Goals which guide the CIPE Curriculum Committee’s development of the IPE Curriculum Framework.

Professional Development

The CIPE Professional Development (PD) Team is ready to launch its Professional Development Plan to the CIPE community. The intent is to create a core cadre of well-trained IPE professional educators across seven educational programs.

Facilitating IPE 101

Faculty and clinicians who teach in CIPE-sponsored sessions are invited to a Facilitating IPE 101 Workshop series. Content will be similar to that taught by the University of Toronto in their ehpic® program which the CIPE hosted in February 2017. Based on participant feedback, the PD Team is shortening the workshop and tailoring it to local needs.
Monthly Workshop Series

The PD Team is launching a monthly professional development workshop series to which all interested faculty and clinicians are invited. Based on a needs assessment from faculty at the three CIPE collaborating institutions, topics planned include facilitating challenging learner groups, mindfulness/resiliency, interprofessional clinical teaching strategies, and the cognitive science of teaching and learning. The PD Team will rely on key resources within each institution, as well as create new workshops as needed based on the professional training they have received.

Master Interprofessional Educator Certificate Coming Soon

Faculty and clinicians who attend our Facilitating IPE 101 workshop, participate in a designated amount of interprofessional professional development activities, and teach in the emerging IPE curriculum will be designated as Master Interprofessional Educators.  A few of our collaborators are near completion of the requirements – if you’d like to know where you stand please contact Jill Maldeney.

View the complete plan or connect with the lead for your institution: Rebecca Bragg for STLCOP, Judy Smith for GSON, or Colleen Wallace for WUSM.


The CIPE Curriculum Committee is developing an integrated, longitudinal curriculum framework based on three levels of progression toward competency of four program goals. The framework will be vetted this fall by each collaborating educational program’s curriculum committee for refinement and integration with their profession-specific curricula. In the meantime, the CIPE is continuing the First Year Sessions which are required for all first-year learners in our seven collaborating professions. Below is an excerpt about one student’s experience this past year:

During the first session of our three day First Year IPE workshop, team members shared their strengths and weaknesses that we can contribute to or would need from other team members. While all of us brought in diverse strengths to the team, no one had “being proactive” as their contributing characteristic. So we called ourselves the “non-proactive” team. However, as we worked on our project throughout the IPE sessions, we found out that not having a proactive member in the team can actually become our strength. Since we did not expect a single individual to take on the lead, everyone put in effort to pitch in their ideas to initiate discussions. Instead of one team member doing most of the work, all of our team members were willing to share the responsibility and cooperate with each other in a non-hierarchical and comfortable atmosphere. I think this team dynamic helped us finish our project more efficiently and brought the team members closer. Thanks to the relaxed team atmosphere, Dr. Char and our team members got together to grab a beer after all the IPE sessions were over. As we shared our experience in our respective professional programs, it was surprising to find out how little we knew about the roles and education process of other professionals than our own. It was helpful to learn about other programs from students who were currently training. We also shared our life stories, passion and future plans about our careers. As we got to know each other more personally, it was clear that, despite being in different professional programs, all of us had more things - age, idea, life experience- in common than different. We were all in the progress of defining ourselves as health care professionals. Overall, it was a great experience to learn about what it is like to work as a team, and about the importance of teamwork and collaboration!

~Yoon Lee, Pharmacy

National Academies of Practice Forum

Three faculty members from the CIPE attended the recent National Academies of Practice (NAP) Forum in Philadelphia. They were Holly Diesel, PhD, RN from Goldfarb School of Nursing, Gloria Grice, Pharm.D. from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Maureen Valente, PhD from Washington University School of Medicine's Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences. Extensive networking opportunities took place among the 14 professions represented. Timely keynote presentations addressed changing landscape with respect to healthcare model deliveries and the current climate related to available funding. Professionals cited health concerns on personal levels emphasizing the necessity to optimize resources and team efforts, as well as ensure patient-centered models. Drs. Diesel, Grice, and Valente concluded that while there is much to learn from other interprofessional endeavors, faculty members in our seven collaborative programs should be pleased that we are on par, if not further along than, others.

Workshops and podium presentations provided valuable information regarding models of education for learners centered within universities and medical centers. Just as we must apply the evidence uniprofessionally, we must also conduct research and apply evidence interprofessionally. Combining our resources is critical and can be advantageous; one of many examples combined programs toward a Research Methods course. Other examples described oral health programs for underserved and programs implementing service dogs, that are therapeutic for a myriad of disorders and disabilities. Recurrent themes centered about reaching out to underserved communities and physically traveling into homes and communities for service delivery.  Health disparities should continue to be addressed, as should medical mission work.

Strategies for enhancing interprofessional education of our learners were addressed, including development of skills such as management of polarity thinking, negotiation, and conflict. Although andragogy within the classroom is important for foundational structure, actual hands-on experiences with patients (and team rounding) provide rich experiences for all team members. Multiple ideas for varying combinations of team education and practice were described, including transitional care and within areas of gerontology and end-of-life care.  Lessons learned at the NAP Forum verified that the CIPE has made great strides in faculty development, education of our learners and development of our curriculum with exciting prospects for growth in all of these areas.

View the poster presented at NAP, highlighting the Center’s launch and advancements to-date.

Resources & Upcoming Opportunities

CIPE/STLCOP Book Discussion

St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP), in collaboration with the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Washington University Medical Center (CIPE), invites you to join its faculty and staff for an interprofessional conversation about the book On Immunity by Eula Biss.
Read the book any time before August 31. Hard copy and Kindle versions are available for purchase on Amazon.
Attend the book discussion/plenary session on August 31 in STLCOP’s Academic and Research Building (ARB).
9:30-10:30 am: Discuss the book with author Eula Biss, STLCOP Director of Convocations Brian Walter, and faculty and staff across CIPE-collaborating institutions.
10:30-12:00 pm Options:
10:30-11:30 am: Book signing
10:30-12:00 pm: Socialize with your interprofessional colleagues at a CIPE Healthy Snacks Reception or at one of the campus food options
12:00-1:00 pm: Attend Eula Biss’s plenary session

Participants will be invited to complete a response card at the end of the event to indicate their interest in an interprofessional book club featuring similar discussions in the future.

Please RSVP to CIPE Coordinator, Jill Maldeney by August 1, 2017.

AIHC Research Spotlight: The Impact of Oral-Systemic Health on Advancing Interprofessional Education Outcomes

The study presented in this article by Dr. Haber and her interprofessional team, evaluated an interprofessional educational (IPE) clinical simulation and case study experience that utilized oral-systemic health as the clinical population to assess students' self-reported achievement of interprofessional competencies. The article reports results from the 2013-2014 study that was done at New York University (NYU) Teaching Oral-Systemic Health (TOSH) Program.

Student and faculty participants were from the NYU College of Nursing, College of Dentistry and School of Medicine. Students participated in an interprofessional clinical simulation session activity with both a standardized patient encounter and a case study experience. The purpose for the students was to develop oral-systemic health, cardiac, pulmonary, and interprofessional competencies. Faculty were trained utilizing a standardized guide, to act as IPE facilitators and perform a faculty-led debrief for each simulation session.

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CAB VI Conference

CAB is North America’s premier interprofessional health care education and collaborative practice conference. Building on the highly successful CAB Conference series, CAB VI will link educators, researchers, practitioners, students, and patients from Canada and the United States in essential discussions around interprofessional health care education, practice, leadership, and policy in North America. Learn more about the CAB VI Conference.
Congratulations to the following CIPE partners whose presentations/workshops have been accepted for the CAB VI Conference in October 2017:
  • A Practical Tool to Rate Interprofessional Behaviors and Coach Teams for Success: Gloria Grice, Dehra Harris, Monica Perlmutter, Judy Smith, Angela McConachie, Heather Hageman
  • Nuts and Bolts of Implementing a Multi-Institution Collaboration for IPE – Alignment Across Cultures & Processes – Getting Started: Heather Hageman, Gloria Grice, Laura Hanyok, Anne Lin, Heather Davidson, Bonnie Miller
  • Intentional Interprofessional Experiential Education: Gloria Grice, Angela Thomason, Lisa Meny, Nicole Pinelli, Jay Martello, Joseph Zorek
  • Defining Leadership Across the Health Professions: Heather Hageman, Gary Thithecott, Elaine Lillie, Gerri Lamb
  • No Mission no Margin: Funding Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Programs Collaborating Across Borders: Aaron Michelfelder, Frances Vlasses, Margaret Callahan, Lynne Sinclair, David Pole, Anna Ratka, April Newton, Heather Hageman