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UT Austin Launches Inaugural Health IPE Day 

Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (HIPE) Day in a gray circle with burnt orange letters
Teams of people sitting at round tables in a large ballroom.
Photo credit: Noel Cantu

AUSTIN, Texas — On September 23, 2022, over 420 students and faculty from UT Austin’s health professions programs came together to start developing the competencies essential for effective collaboration on an interprofessional health care team during the inaugural Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (HIPE) Day.

This  interactive event, led by the Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education (CHIPE), convened students from athletic training, audiology, dietetics, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, social work, and speech language pathology to learn an evidence-based system of teamwork strategies and tools in health care practice. Faculty and practitioners from all programs served as facilitators to mentor 48 interprofessional teams.  Veronica Young, PharmD, MPH, director of CHIPE, and Dan Richards, MD, Dell Medical School, led teams through simulations and discussions. To commemorate this special occasion, leaders across UT Austin were in attendance, including:  

A group of adults smiling.
Pictured: Lauren El-Assad, Alexa Stuifbergen, Sharon Wood, John Luk, Raj Koul, John Bartholomew, Allan Cole, Jay Bernhardt, Beth Nelson, Samuel Poloyac, David Vanden Bout.
Front: Veronica Young, Barbara Jones, and Gayle Timmerman. 

Photo credit: Mai Luk

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

  • Sharon Wood, PhD, Provost  

College of Education

  • John Bartholomew, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, representing Charles Martinez, PhD, Dean

College of Natural Sciences

  • David Vanden Bout, PhD, Dean
  • Molly Bray, PhD, Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences

College of Pharmacy

  • Sam Poloyac, PharmD, PhD, Dean
  • Renee’ Acosta, RPh, MS, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dell Medical School

  • Beth Nelson, MD, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medial Education, representing George Macones, MD, Interim Dean
  • John Luk, MD, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Integration

Moody College of Communication

  • Jay Bernhardt, PhD, MPH, Dean
  • Raj Koul, PhD, Chair, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences 

School of Nursing

  • Alexa Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, Dean
  • Gayle Timmerman, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

  • Allan Cole, PhD, Dean
  • Barbara Jones, PhD, MSW, Associate Dean of Health Affairs; Chair, Dept. of Health Social Work at Dell Medical School

Samuel Poloyac, dean of the College of Pharmacy and administrative dean of CHIPE, welcomed the audience and provided opening remarks.

“HIPE Day is a first-of-its-kind cross-campus experience for health professions students, faculty, and practitioners focused on building interprofessional collaborative practice skills, which are essential to optimize person-centered care in the communities we serve,” said Dean Poloyac. 

Students working around a table together.
Photo credit: Mai Luk

Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when learners from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. The next HIPE Day will be held on February 10, 2023 and will focus on health equity. Students that complete all foundation-level requirements will earn the IPE Foundation digital badge, a micro-credential that verifies a learner has gained the foundational knowledge and skills in interprofessional education, qualifying them to engage in more advanced IPE experiences.

About the Center for Health IPE

The UT Austin Center for Health Interprofessional Practice and Education’s mission is to lead innovative interprofessional education, practice, and scholarship that advances collaborative person-centered health care and population health. The Center for Health IPE is located in the School of Nursing, 1710 Red River Street, Austin, Texas. Learn more at and contact