Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Summer 2020 Newsletter

In This Issue

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CIPE Pivots During the Pandemic
Virtual IPE 101 participants engaging in the "Room of Horrors" interprofessional simulation.

Like every program on campus, CIPE moved to remote work in March. Several students needed last-minute placements so CIPE hosted:

  • An interprofessional elective for one student each from the medicine, occupational therapy and social work/business (dual-degree) programs to review virtual curriculum resources. The comprehensive repository contains virtual resources both from uniprofessional and interprofessional perspectives. The interprofessional team of students reviewed and categorized nearly 200 virtual resources which include virtual case discussions around specific diseases, virtual simulations around social determinants of health, and virtual communication skills training. If interested in viewing the repository, email CIPE (
  • Three medical students worked on a Wikipedia editing project which focused on improving three separate articles viewed more than 17,000 times. Future plans for this pilot include a collaboration between medical and pharmacy students on Wikipedia content.  
  • An upper-level pharmacy student to work on Virtual Phase I Curriculum materials

We also began to explore virtual teaching toward redesigning our Phase I curriculum to be delivered online this fall:

  • In April, CIPE hosted two professional development workshops on improv and communication skills that were well-received. This is important as these skills and activities are central to our Phase I curriculum.
  • In June, we held our annual IPE 101 for nine participants in a shortened six-hour virtual format. It was so successful that the virtual format will be offered in the future regardless of campus distancing policies.
Phase I Interprofessional Education Curriculum is moving online in Fall 2020




Calling Facilitators for Fall 2020

Building upon our successes of last year, the CIPE Curriculum Committee is continuing to improve the Phase I curriculum for Fall 2020 and is moving entirely to a virtual format.

The virtual experience will require 70 facilitators, so we need your help to facilitate. Activities will include debriefing content around social and structural determinants of health, virtual collaborative communication skills, and the client perspective thanks to our growing relationship with Community Health Workers.

The ASK: Facilitate virtually on these dates, the same team (<10 learners) on all three days:

  • Wed., Sep. 23, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 7, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Oct. 14, 3-4:30 p.m.

The virtual training dates have been set. There are three timeslots open from which you can choose one that works best for your schedule.

  • Fri., Sept. 11, 12-2 p.m.
  • Mon., Sept. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wed., Sept. 15, 9-11 a.m.

As always, we will provide a detailed script and training for you to feel confident in facilitating a team of interprofessional students. After this — as long as you attend IPE 101 and two other workshops during the year — you will be eligible to become a Master Interprofessional Educator!

Click here to sign up to facilitate the fall sessions! If you are unsure of your fall schedule at this time, add your name to the list and we will keep you informed as we get closer to the sessions. Share with your clinician colleagues — previous teaching experience is not required.

Community Health Workers Respond to COVID-19


The community health worker (CHW) workforce has been an integral component in infrastructure developed for COVID-19 response within our region. CHWs in St. Louis see their work — before and during this crisis — as a movement to improve health and human services, helping to transform policy and practice to be more receptive and responsive to community needs. It is for these reasons that CHWs are being incorporated even further into the CIPE curriculum.

The St. Louis Community Health Worker Coalition has supported a unified communications and outreach campaign geared towards populations most impacted from the pandemic, together with the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County Health Departments, St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC), St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN), Alive and Well Communities and St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB). The campaign, called PrepareSTL, provides vital information and resources to community residents. Over the last four months, PrepareSTL has engaged over 190 community volunteers, spreading public health messaging across more than 880 local business within 20 different zip codes in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

The St. Louis Community Health Worker Coalition has also been fortunate to collaborate with the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, in partnership with St. Louis United Way 2-1-1 and the COVID-19 Regional Response Team, through the Community Health Worker Home-Bound Project. The team triages and responds to referrals for social needs, including food insecurity, hygiene supplies, medication delivery, technology to enable virtual appointments for health, and behavioral health for individuals who are home bound. People who cannot or should not leave their shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic are considered to be home bound, including: the aged and aging, people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immuno-compromised, people who care for family members who are immuno-compromised (to avoid exposing them to risk), and people with severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and/or liver disease. If you or someone you know is home bound and in need of further support, please call 2-1-1 or visit

Finally, the St. Louis Community Health Worker Coalition invites you to join us for a future Community Conversation and Networking (CCN) meeting. CCN meetings create space for open and organic conversation with other community-facing professionals and volunteers paired with real-time strategy through an activity known as “Think Tanks.” Please email to be informed of the next meeting!

Ciearra Walker, MPH

CHW Workforce Partnership

St. Louis Integrated Health Network 

1520 Market Street, Suite 4034

St. Louis, MO 63103-2625

Phase II Update Key Projects

Following the successful implementation of Phase I in 2019, the CIPE is now focusing on Phase II of the longitudinal IPE curriculum. The Brown School Evaluation Center will host a logic model building session on July 20 among stakeholders across all our professions. As with Phase I, Phase II activities will be virtual in the coming year.

Three curriculum projects are prioritized for Phase II during AY20-21:

  1. Standardized Patient Team Experience — The longest-standing IPE curriculum project, predating the creation of the CIPE, is undergoing a reboot to fit within the longitudinal IPE curriculum. Five professions (medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and nursing) are working together toward a launch in January 2022 and involves the team creating a treatment plan for a standardized patient. Meanwhile, the team is piloting various innovations this academic year including a virtual platform, communication rubrics and assessments.
  2. Transitions of Care — This successful project is also undergoing revision as professions (medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and nursing) are changing. A revised three-hour virtual session will run in Spring 2021. (NOTE the paper published from last year’s iteration of this project!)
  3. Hotspotting — This is a new venture for CIPE, based on the Camden Coalition Our four-profession (medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy and nursing) team will partner with the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Outpatient Patient Services Team to promote learning about social determinants of health and collaborative care, and to improve patient outcomes.
Professional Development Team Attends BOOST Training

As the CIPE curriculum moves into the clinical setting, the CIPE Professional Development team is honing their skills. The four-person team attended a full-day workshop virtually hosted by the University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education, focusing on the principles they teach in their workshop, Building Optimal Outcomes from Successful Teamwork (BOOST):

  • Apply interprofessional, competency-based tools to optimize communication, conflict and performance
  • Promote a climate of psychological safety and collaborative leadership
  • Reflect on and develop an action plan for improving quality, safe, team-based care in your context
Here's what we're reading

“Scholarly accounts of racism in health care rarely mention interprofessional collaboration as a potential solution. Nor has the patient safety literature considered its role in anti-racism efforts.... Could the lack of progress be a result of the artificial separation between interprofessional collaborative practice and anti-racism?” (Cahn, 2020)

Peter S. Cahn (2020) How interprofessional collaborative practice can help dismantle systemic racism, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 34:4, 431-434, DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1790224


Recent Publications

Congratulations to the Transitions of Care team for their recent publication in the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Marghuretta Bland, Alison Stevens, Patricia Nellis, Kay Mueggenburg, Timothy Yau and Justin C. Chen (2020): Interprofessional education and transitions of care: a case-based educational pilot experience, Journal of Interprofessional Care, DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1769041

Congratulations to STLCOP Faculty Drs. Michelle Jeon and Nicole Gattas and former resident Dr.  Lauren L. Koval on their publication in the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice.

Koval LL, Jeon M, Gattas NM, Pharmacist and physician perception of barriers to collaborative drug therapy management in Missouri, Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (2020), doi:

Congratulations to graduated CIPE intern Ann Schmidt, MPH ’20 Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis for her poster presentation for her capstone project: The Effect of an Interprofessional Education Curriculum on Health Professions Learners’ Beliefs About Social Determinants of Health


Professional Development Survey

As a valuable member of the CIPE community, you can help inform the AY20-21 Professional Development Workshop virtual lineup. All workshops will be offered virtually via Zoom, free of cost.

This anonymous survey contains five questions and should take less than five minutes to complete. It asks you to rate your level of interest in a number of proposed workshop topics.

Complete the survey here.