Funded Proposals in Interprofessional Education

Funded Proposals in Interprofessional Education

The Instructional Grants Program began focusing on projects that promote interprofessional education in 2009.

See funded projects for 1998-2009. [pdf]

2013-2014 Funded Proposals

Number of proposals funded: 4
Total amount awarded: $60,735

Interprofessional Communication Education Around Healthcare Error Disclosure: A Novel Collaboration Among Early Learners from Four Professional Degree Programs at the UCB‐UCSF Joint Medical Program and Samuel Merritt University

Amy Garlin, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCB‐UCSF Joint Medical Program


  • William J. Stiers, MD, Assistant Professor & Simulation Specialist, Health Sciences Simulation Center, Samuel Merritt University
  • Celeste G. Villanueva, CRNA, MS, Director & Director, Health Sciences Simulation Center, Samuel Merritt University 
  • Jeanette Wong RN, MP, Operations Manager, Health Sciences Simulation Center, Samuel Merritt University 
  • Lorraine Petti, MPA, PA, Assistant Professor & Simulation Coordinator, Department of Physician Assistant, Samuel Merritt University 
  • Amin Azzam, MD, HS Associate Clinical Professor and Head, Contextually Integrated Case Based Curriculum, UCB‐UCSF Joint Medical Program

In a novel partnership, the UCB‐UCSF Joint Medical Program and Samuel Merritt University (SMU) will collaborate to educate a combined group of pre‐clerkship medical learners, undergraduate nursing students, graduate nursing students and physician assistant students about error disclosure. Faculty from both institutions will work together to adapt an interprofessional curriculum toolkit on error disclosure developed at the University of Washington Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (CHSIERP).

Nurse Practitioner/Pharmacist Collaboration: Enhancing Medication Safety and Communication Skills Through Interprofessional Training

Victoria Keeton, RN, MS, PNP, Assistant Clinical Professor Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing


  • Naomi Schapiro, RN, PhD, PNP, HS Clinical Professor, Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing 
  • Kirby Lee, PharmD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy

Appropriate prescribing of medications and comprehensive education and counseling are essential to safe patient care. Effective communication is fundamental, especially related to interdisciplinary consultation. This project will design a workshop in which nurse practitioner and pharmacy trainees will enhance their assessment, prescribing, and counseling skills through simulated interprofessional and patient experiences.

An Interprofessional Experiential Learning Curriculum in Global Health Ethics Using Simulation

Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, DTM+H, Assistant Clinical Professor, Hospitalist Medicine


  • Tina Brock EdD, MS, BSPharm, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, School of Pharmacy 
  • Stacey James‐Ryan, Master’s Student, School of Nursing 
  • Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, Hospital Medicine, Director of Master’s Program in Global Health Sciences, School of Medicine 
  • Marcia Glass, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Hospital Medicine, School of Medicine 
  • Marwa Shoeb, MD, MS, HS Assistant Clinical Professor, Hospital Medicine, School of Medicine

Our aim is to develop a simulation-based curriculum for global health ethics comprising of five scenarios that focuses on ethically challenging scenarios in resource-poor settings then to pilot the global health ethics simulation curriculum with a cohort of UCSF trainees from multiple professions to test and refine the curriculum.

Deepening Patient‐Centered Interviewing and Counseling for Behavior Change Skills

JoAnne Saxe, RN, DNP, FAAN, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health System, School of Nursing


  • Tina Brock EdD, MS, BSPharm, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, School of Pharmacy 
  • Kirsten B. Balano, PharmD, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy 
  • Maria Wamsley, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

This project will assist faculty in refining a highly effective and evidenced‐based Counseling for Behavior Change Workshop for students from the four health profession schools. The revision will include the incorporation of interprofessional, team‐based behavior change learning experiences, enhanced performance evaluation of learners, and detailed dissemination and sustainability plans.

2012 - 2013 Funded Proposals

Number of proposals funded: 4 
Total amount awarded: $69,380

Key Principles of High-Quality Interprofessional Communication: A Web-Based Interactive Curriculum

Darren Fiore, MD, Pediatrics, School of Medicine

We aim to develop a succinct evidence-based online curriculum highlighting principles of interprofessional communication. We will pilot the curriculum in the interprofessional Children's Hospital Mock Code Program, but the ultimate target audience is providers and trainees across disciplines. Use of this curriculum provides a foundation for advanced team training exercises across schools.

Crossing the Interprofessional Chasm: Meeting Current and Future Needs of Our Preceptors

Hattie Grundland, RN, MS, NP, Community Health Systems, School of Nursing

Project faculty will develop an online professional skill development module designed specifically for UCSF clinical professors who work with students within their own professional (intraprofessional) and outside their profession (interprofessional). The campus Collaborative Learning Environment will be the content delivery platform. The innovative curriculum will be evidence-based, practical, and engaging.

Developing and Implementing an Interprofessional Curriculum in Antimicrobial Stewardship to Enhance Patient Safety

Peter V. Chin-Hong, MD, MAS, General Internal Medicine, School of Medicine

Antibiotic misuse can have serious effects on health and patient safety in the inpatient and outpatient setting but it is not comprehensively taught in the pre-doctoral curriculum. We will develop a joint interprofessional curriculum that uses principles of antimicrobial stewardship collaboratively practiced in the clinical setting by physicians and clinical pharmacists.

Development and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Collaborative Case Conference Series

Meg Pearson, MD, Medicine, VAMC

Our project will create monthly collaborative case conferences in which trainees from a variety of health professions will facilitate and participate in an interprofessional discussion about medically and psychosocially complex patients from their primary care panels with the goal of developing an improved plan of care for the patient.

2011 - 2012 Funded Proposals

Number of proposals funded: 4
Total amount awarded: $60,990

An Interprofessional Standardized Patient Case to Teach the Musculoskeletal Exam

R. Krishna Chaganti, MD, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Rheumatology, School of Medicine

Faculty from three professional schools will develop a standardized patient (SP) for pilot trainees to teach the musculoskeletal (MSK) exam. An interprofessional team of learners will clinically assess the SP and develop a treatment plan. The workshop goal is to improve the care of patients by fostering a collaborative approach to MSK problems.

Introduction to the Care of Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Sophia Saeed, DMD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry

Adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities face disproportionate barriers in accessing health care. One such barrier is the lack of health care professionals who are adequately trained to meet their needs. This project exposes health professional students to the concept of multidisciplinary team management of this vulnerable population.

Case-Based Teaching in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Nursing

Dennis Shusterman, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Emeritus, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, SFGH, School of Medicine

Occupational and environmental health (OEH) blends toxicology, industrial hygiene, and medico-legal issues with core skills in medicine and nursing. This project has as its objective the development of case-based, web-platform, interdisciplinary OEH teaching modules to provide an interactive learning opportunity for students, residents, and fellows in nursing and medicine.

An Interprofessional Day Activity: Interdisciplinary Training in Disaster Response

Chris Stewart, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, SFGH, School of Medicine

A team of faculty and learners from UCSF schools will produce an interactive, interprofessional curricular experience through the development of an Interprofessional Day learning activity focused on disaster response. The activity will showcase elements of the four UCSF professional schools, as well as introduce core learning principles or skills from five Pathways to Discovery.

2010 - 2011 Funded Proposals

Number of proposals funded: 2
Total amount awarded: $28,903

Development and Implementation of High Fidelity Simulation Cases for Acutely Poisoned Patients

Craig Smollin, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine

Faculty from two professional schools and the Poison Control Center will develop simulated patient exercises for use by students and postgraduate residents, with the goals of enhancing knowledge in the assessment and treatment of acutely poisoned patients and emphasizing communication and understanding of the varying roles of a multidisciplinary team.

Chronic Illness Management by Interprofessional Learners using the Chronic Care Model

Susan Janson, DNSc, NP, Professor, Department of Community Health Service, School of Nursing

Faculty and learners from the Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine will work together at a weekly clinic to improve healthcare outcomes for panels of patients with chronic illness, engage in learner-driven Quality Improvement projects, and improve understanding of these professional roles among disciplines.

2009 - 2010 Funded Proposals

Number of proposals funded: 2
Total amount awarded: $35,975

Development and Implementation of a Standardized Patient Exercise to Promote Interprofessional Learning

Maria A. Wamsley, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Faculty from five professional schools will develop an interprofessional standarized patient pilot for 150 students. Students will evaluate the patient in teams and collaboratively formulate a treatment plan. Goals of the project are to enhance knowledge of other healthcare professionals, foster collaboration in patient management, and to improve communication skills.

Designing an Interactive Curriculum for Third-Year Medical, Pharmacy and Nursing Students on Inpatient Geriatric Issues and Safe Transitions in Care

Stephanie Rennke, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

The goals of this project are to design and implement an interactive inpatient geriatrics curriculum for third-year medical students, fourth-year pharmacy students and graduate nursing students. It will provide a web-based resource on course content, geriatric competencies and promote interprofessional collaboration through teamwork and peer teaching.