Classroom-Based Learning

Educational Programs 

The programs listed below describe established learning experiences that have become integral components of UT Austin's health IPE landscape. If you have a course, simulation, or experience that meets health IPE criteria and that should be listed, please contact us to add.

Curricular Learning 

The Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (FICP) course launched in Spring 2017 with a focus on applying interprofessional collaborative practice competencies. This course averages 266 students from pharmacy, medicine, social work, and nursing who learn together on interprofessional teams. Topics include Team Communication in Addiction Care, Applying TeamSTEPPS® Tools to Transitions in Care, Team Communication Palliative Care, and Team Error Disclosure. This dynamic, interactive course is designed to change the future of health care by providing future health care practitioners with the competencies needed to deliver high quality, team-based care.  
Graduate Student IPE Learning Experience 
Since Fall 2017, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy faculty members* have collaborated to provide over 200 learners (each semester) from Nursing (N386Q), Medicine (MED192IE), and Pharmacy (PHM 282S) the opportunity to participate in an asynchronous, online, discussion-based interprofessional education (IPE) experience that centers on quality improvement and patient safety. With health care errors being the third leading cause of death in the U.S., training all health care professionals on quality improvement and patient safety is foundational to improving health outcomes, population health, and efficiency of care. Over a two-week period in the fall and spring semesters, 200+ students from all three professions come together in an online forum to delve into issues of quality and safety. The two-week assignment begins with the presentation of a health care scenario or case study. Learners are provided prompts and discussion questions to provide the foundation for the IPE discussion. During the second week learners reply to postings by team members from a different profession. Discussion debriefing occurs within the main professional course and students are provided the opportunity to provide feedback.
*Marge Benham-Hutchins, PhD, RN1; John Luk, MD2; Daniel Richards, MD2; Veronica Young, MPH, Pharm D3 ; Leticia Moczygemba, PhD, Pharm D3 
1 The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing; 2 The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School; 3 The University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy


Hospital Simulation Day - During this simulation, students – outfitted with a variety of simulated wounds, IV’s, and monitors – serve as patients for nursing and social work students who are tasked with working together to deliver care. This simulation is held at the School of Nursing and the dynamic scenarios test the students’ abilities to react on their feet, cope with real-world situations, and apply critical thinking skills.
Disaster Relief Simulation - One afternoon per semester, nursing and social work students respond to a disaster (tornado, bombing, etc..), working in teams to triage and provide on-site care.
Alcohol Withdrawal Simulation - Nursing and social work students work together to care for a simulated patient experiencing alcohol withdrawal, experiencing a week of withdrawal over several hours.
The Poverty Simulation - held biannually on campus, the Poverty Simulation offers a unique, interactive experience that is designed to help participants appreciate the challenges involved living in poverty. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to volunteer. This simulation is designed to help participants “re-think” poverty and explore how individuals and organizations may find new ways to assist those facing disparity everyday. Learn more>