Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Phase III

Community Interprofessional Care Coordination

Community Interprofessional Care Coordination (also known as "Hotspotting") brings together a team of learners over an 8-month period to engage with a client/patient who needs extra support. Learners complete an online curriculum throughout the activity. In AY 21-22, our pilot was expanded to two teams of five senior-level interprofessional students each from medicine, nursing, OT, pharmacy, and public health. Through tighter connections with the St. Louis Community Health Worker Coalition and the Primary Care Clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the root causes of health disparities and impact of SDOH on health outcomes
  • Recognize the importance of screening for and addressing SDOH challenges
  • Utilize a patient-centered, interprofessional approach to address the health challenges of complex patients
  • Demonstrate positive behaviors and adaptability that result in team effectiveness and shared decision-making

Recent scholarship from this team. 


Phase III Curriculum Workgroup 

The CIPE Curriculum & Assessment Committee (CAC) charged the Phase III Workgroup comprised of a diverse group of educators from each program; clinicians, librarian, CHW, and communications expert to consider how learners can be exposed to the CIPE Phase III objectives. Currently the CAC are exploring four areas to pilot in the coming year:

  1. Interprofessional admission & discharge planning when learners are co-located.
  2. Reassessment Rounds – Similar to Morbidity & Mortality Conferences in the hospital where learners present a clinical error and proposed solution, these sessions will focus on interprofessional issues.
  3. Communications exercises – Program leads noted learners need practice with many modes of interprofessional communication including phone and email.
  4. Research projects – Many programs include research requirements in the last block of their curriculum which could involve an interprofessional component, as well as connections with clinical and community partners.