January 2024 News

Congratulations to 2023 IPE Champions Circle Members!

Members are recognized for their outstanding level of support for interprofessional education (IPE) at UCSF in 2022-2023 and consistently contributing towards the goal of ensuring that UCSF graduates are collaborative practice ready. IPE Champions teach seven or more IPE sessions in an academic year. Thank you for your ongoing contributions to interprofessional education at UCSF!

Act Now: Nominate an Outstanding Interprofessional Team at UCSF Health

Please submit your nominations for the UCSF PIPE 2nd Annual Interprofessional Collaboration Award to recognize outstanding interprofessional teams at UCSF Health. Nominations are open and awardees will be announced in April to coincide with National Interprofessional Healthcare Month. Teams can be clinical teams or systems improvement teams and should be comprised of a least three members from a minimum of three different health professions. At least half of the team members should be employees at UCSF Health, BCH-SF or BCH-Oakland. Please consider nominating an interprofessional team by completing the surveyThe nomination deadline is March 8, 2024. If you have questions or are interested in serving on the award selection committee, please contact Wendy Brown.

Pearls from the PIPE Open House

At the conclusion of the November PIPE Open House, participants walked away feeling inspired, hopeful, and invigorated. This was an opportunity for our community of interprofessional educators and practitioners to celebrate our program’s accomplishments in the past year and discuss our 2024 endeavors. In addition to sharing the work of our committees, we invited representatives of high-functioning interprofessional teams at UCSF to share their expertise and best collaborative practices in their workplace. View full event recording here. Below are some highlights from the panel discussion.

Check Out These Interprofessional Publications

We are excited to share the interprofessional insights and collaborations of our UCSF colleagues. Take a moment to view their scholarly work. The PIPE Scholarship Committee provides scholarly consultation for works in progress focused on interprofessional education (IPE) or interprofessional practice (IPP). The committee also hosts journal clubs. Please contact Wendy Brown if you have a publication that should be added to our index or if you would like to join the journal club and/or Scholarship Committee.

Help Us Spread the Word! PIPE Interprofessional Collaboration Scholars Program (IPCS)

The IPCS Program is an opportunity for UCSF health professions students to engage in further interprofessional collaboration activities and scholarship, through small group work, simulation, projects, scholarship, and interprofessional clinical immersion experiences. To learn more, visit the IPCS CLE website. Please email Angel Kuo for more information.

We are proud to highlighting some of our current IPCS Scholars:

"I joined IPCS because I am interested in interprofessional work/communication, specifically optimizing relationships and communication amongst teams. I have been able to interact with many students from different health professional schools to learn from each other and build upon and form new relationships. As a medicine student, I have been able to deepen my knowledge of dental medicine as it relates to my interest in substance use disorders." – Ciaran Murphy, UCSF Medical Student

"I have witnessed the downfalls of professionals not collaborating with team members of other professions. Understanding the different roles within health care is essential because it allows us as professionals and providers to collaborate more efficiently and effectively. We tend to be so focused on our roles that we forget to utilize the knowledge and skills of our peers to care for all patients better. In the IPCS program I have been able to collaborate with other UCSF students and ultimately build on my interprofessional collaboration skills. The IPCS Program has given me more opportunities beyond our required interprofessional course to evolve and grow as a professional alongside my peers." – Nayelie Benitez Santos, UCSF Nursing Student

"I found the IPE program very helpful in regard to helping me connect with those in other healthcare fields as well as learning how to work more in a team, specifically in a healthcare setting. The IPCS Program has helped me further my practice and gain greater competency in interprofessionalism so that I can provide more well-rounded care to my future patients." – Norielle Rosario, UCSF Pharmacy Student

Updated Core Competencies

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) has updated their core competencies. The IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Version 3 reflects the vision that interprofessional collaborative practice is key to safe, high-quality, accessible, equitable, person/client-centered care and enhanced population health outcomes desired by all. This competency set is aimed at preparing learners to engage in lifelong learning and collaboration to improve both person/client care and population health outcomes.

Upcoming Teaching Opportunities

Our Core Principles of Interprofessional Practice (IPE) course is in full swing. We invite those who would like to help facilitate our small groups (of 12 interprofessional learners from our 5 health professions at UCSF). We are beginning recruitment for our Interprofessional Standardized Patient Exercise (ISPE). Both are great opportunities to meet faculty from the other schools and to share your perspective with students on the importance of working in interprofessional teams to optimize patient care. First time facilitators can be paired with an experienced facilitator if they wish to be. 

Please use this Qualtrics link to sign up to facilitate an IPE session. Contact Nathan Jew if you are interested in facilitating an ISPE session. 

IPE Sessions (in-person at Parnassus) on April 15

  • 12-1 p.m., Faculty Orientation
  • 1-3 p.m., IPE Core Principals Session 3: How Will Our Work Get Done?
  • 3-5 p.m., IPE Core Principals Session 3: How Will Our Work Get Done?

ISPE Sessions (in-person at Parnassus)

Facilitators can sign-up for one or multiple sessions held April 29-May 3 from 8:30-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m., and 2-4:30 p.m. (times listed are approximate).

Join Our Work

We have a few openings on our PIPE committees and would welcome new members who are interested in being more involved in the work of PIPE. Committee work is a great way to meet new colleagues and grow your skills as an educator. It also counts towards Campuswide Service. Committee work requires a modest time commitment (most committees meet monthly with limited work outside of committee meetings).

If you are interested in joining the work of PIPE by serving on one or more of these committees, please complete this form. Contact Wendy Brown with any questions.

  • Curriculum
  • Classroom Subcommittee
  • Simulation Subcommittee
  • Clinical Subcommittee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Scholarship Committee