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Interprofessional Education and Research

Interprofessional education on the WSU Health Sciences campus engages faculty and students from universities on campus and from their 12 different health professions programs, as well as their community practitioner partners.

The students may come together in elective courses, small group workshops, service learning programs, group simulations and clinical experiences.

Spring 2018 Learning Opportunities

If you have questions about any of these, please contact Barb Richardson, or 509-324-7230.

The film, “The Music Within”

Friday, January 19, 1:10 – 3:30 p.m., HSB 110A
The film, “the Music Within” is the true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing -impaired and finds a new purpose in his landmark efforts on the behalf of Americans with disabilities.Following viewing of movie, students will engage in facilitated interprofessional small group discussions about the topic and relationship to health care and roles of various health professionals. No sign up required.

“Death Over Dinner”

Wednesday, January 24, 5 – 8 p.m., NRS 203
Signup required:
Tuesday, January 30, 5 – 8 p.m., NRS 205
Signup required:

We recently stumbled upon the work of a group of healthcare and wellness leaders who are committed to breaking the taboo regarding conversations about end of life. Their project “Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death” aims to inspire an ever-growing community of people to talk about an often-not-discussed topic—death and dying. As the opening statement on their website notes “How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having.”

Students and faculty share dinner and engage in this important conversation. It is not meant to be a morbid conversation, but instead a very human one where we consider what we want, both in life and during its closure. Through sharing our thoughts and feelings on this subject, we can more readily move through our fears, shed inhibitions, and forge deeper understanding and connection with our loved ones. To learn more about this unique project, visit We take the project one step further and have IP groups of students talk about how teams can provide compassionate end of life care.

Health Care Team Challenge Orientation

Wednesday, February 7, 5:10 – 7:30 p.m., NRS 005 (lower level)

Health Care Team Challenge final event

Wednesday, February 28, 5 – 7 p.m., NRS 005
Signup required for participants:

The Health Care Team ChallengeTM (HCTC) is an innovative interprofessional (IP) learning activity that is used to simulate “real-life” team based patient-centered collaborative care. The HCTC is a clinical cased-based competition for inter-professional teams of students representing multiple health and social service professions. Student participants will meet the patient and receive background information at the orientation on Feb. 7th. Teams are instructed to work collaboratively to formulate a patient-centered plan of care. On the day of the event, teams will present their plan in front of a live audience of faculty, peers and community members. Then, teams are presented with additional information relevant to the case, challenging each team to adjust their plan of care to incorporate the new information. Additionally, teams are asked to respond to “process questions” such as, “How did your team resolve conflicts?” and “What do you view as the strengths of your team?” At the conclusion of the event, teams will be evaluated by the IP panel of judges on both the quality of the care management plan and the level of collaboration as illustrated by responses to the team process questions. All team participants, judges, and event sponsors receive recognition for their involvement. Winning team members will receive a prize (the last two years all winning mebers received a fit bit, HCTC t-shirt, and water bottle). All teams must attend the HCTC orientation (Feb. 7th, 5:10-7:30pm) and the final competition event on Feb 28th, 5-7pm. The HCTC final event is open for all students, faculty, and staff to attend. No signup is required to attend and cheer on your favorite team.

The film, “Thank you for your service”

Friday, March 2, 1:10 – 3 p.m., HSB 110A
Following viewing of movie, students will engage in facilitated interprofessional small group discussions about the topic and relationship to health care and roles of various health professionals. No sign up required.

Poverty Simulation

Friday, March 30, 3 – 5 p.m., CCRS (formerly South Campus Court)
Signup required:
The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a unique event that is used to educate students, faculty, and community members about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. CAPS is a copyrighted activity made available by the Missouri Association for Community Action to organizations that want to promote a greater understanding of poverty. During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources. Although it uses “play” money and other props, fictional scenarios, and time limits, CAPS is not a game. It is a simulation tool that enables participants to view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting. Additionally, participants have an opportunity to learn about resources available in our community that assist people living with the realities of poverty. We focus the debrief discussion on implications for teams of health care providers.

Cardiac Simulation

Wednesday, April 4, 4 – 6 p.m. or 6 – 8 p.m., NRS 105
Signup required:
Teams of nursing, pharmacy, PA, medical and nutrition and exercise physiology students engage in a hybrid simulation to practice a team-based response to cardiac arrest in a non-acute health care facility (cardiac rehab program).

Interprofessional Education (IPE) is mandated for accreditation

Recognizing that no single health care discipline has the capability to deliver optimal care for all health issues, integration of IPE into the curricula is mandated for accreditation in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and many allied health programs.

Interprofessional Education (IPE) is generally accepted to mean “occasions when students from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.”