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PhD Student speaks to IOM committee about IPE

PhD student Erin Abu-Rish participated in a panel in the second workshop of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, which met at the Keck Center in Washington DC on November 29-30. The panelists represented the views of students drawn from across the health sciences about the value of interprofessional education (IPE), a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to health professional education. Abu-Rish related her experiences with IPE as a nurse and Research Associate at UW’s Center for Health Science Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice. The Center’s Co-Director, Professor Brenda Zierler, is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on its Global Forum’s Committee. The panelists reflected the spirit of IPE, including a medical resident in Psychiatry, a Doctor of Pharmacy student, a BSN student, and Abu-Rish as PhD in Nursing Science. The Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum has taken up the charge of two reports published by the IOM and the Lancet Commission in 2010 to seek innovations in health profession education that address the changing interdependent health care environment.