UW School of Dentistry

UW interprofessional education taps Dr. Amy Kim for post

Dr. Amy Kim, Clinical Associate Professor in the UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been named Co-Director of Education & Community Partnerships at the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Research and Practice (CHSIE).

Dr. Amy KimIn her new role, Dr. Kim will work with other CHSIE leaders and staff to continue to develop interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative care at the UW, taking advantage of institutional and community relationships and resources.

IPE has assumed greater prominence in the UW Health Sciences schools in recent years as care providers adopt a collaborative team approach that treats the whole patient. It has had a significant impact at the School of Dentistry, where the Foundations of Science curriculum for pre-doctoral students is provided by the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kim directs IPE for the School of Dentistry and is course director for its Foundations of Interprofessional Practice and Practice Management. She is co-developer of i-TEETH (Interprofessional Teams Engaged in Education and Training for Optimal Health), a three-part curriculum designed to create a bridge from classroom to clinical experience that allows trainees to learn from one another and apply newly learned skills to practice.

Dr. Kim is also Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the School of Dentistry’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program, which seeks to improve access to oral health care in rural and underserved areas of Washington state. She also has served on the UW Institutional Review Board for more than three years.

Dr. Kim and her CHSIE colleague, Assistant Director of Education & Community Partnerships Tracy Brazg, recently discussed their work in IPE.