PIPE Interprofessional Teaching Observation Program (iTOP)

Why choose PIPE Interprofessional Teaching Observation Program?

Interprofessional Education (IPE) is vital for increasing patient safety, maximizing efficiencies, and improving quality of care. As UCSF and other leading institutions start to incorporate more interprofessional curricula into their health professions programs, the need for specially trained IPE educators is crucial.

Interprofessional student groups consist of incredibly diverse learners with a wide range of training experiences and expertise. It is likely a bulk of your teaching experience to this point has been with learners in your profession. Stepping outside this silo and teaching learners of diverse professions requires us to move from being the expert in a learning environment to being a facilitator, charged with encouraging meaningful collaboration and effective communication.

Trained observers in the iTOP program can help educators gain the confidence and skills to succeed in a variety of IPE settings, and to address the unique challenges of teaching interprofessional learners.


How Does it Work?

  1. Request to participate in an interprofessional- focused teaching observation via an online enrollment survey
  2. Based on the information provided in the enrollment survey, you will be paired with an Interprofessional Observer best suited for your teaching needs.
  3. A member of the iTOP staff will contact you and put you in touch with your Observer.
  4. Together you and your Observer will arrange a brief pre-meeting to discuss your specific needs and expectations for the observation, as well as schedule the observation itself and a debrief meeting.
  5. Participate in the observation.
  6. At your scheduled debrief meeting your Observer will discuss their feedback and provide you with confidential, written comments based on your agreed upon criteria.
  7. Once the process is complete, you will be receive a letter documenting your participation with the option of a copy being provided to your department chair.

Train to Become an Observer!

April 20

9:00am- 11:00am

Parnassus S-168


For more information, contact Jessaca Machado at [email protected]