Interprofessional education (IPE) has become one of the most important new directions in curriculum planning for University of Washington Health Sciences schools, including the School of Dentistry.
In part, this new focus is driven by the new accreditation standards promulgated by the American Dental Association, calling for a much greater emphasis on IPE and evidence-based teaching. However, the new emphasis also reflects a rising trend at the UW, where Dentistry and the School of Medicine had already begun collaborating on interprofessional curriculum in the last few years.
Dr. Wendy Mouradian, the School of Dentistry’s Associate Dean of Regional Affairs and Curriculum, has been the School’s leader in IPE curriculum discussions with the School of Medicine. She was profiled recently by the UW’s Center for Health Science Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice in a continuing series about UW faculty and IPE, in an article that traces her involvement in IPE and describes its benefits.