Workshop provides opportunity to dream big about interprofessional health science education at Emory – Emory News Center

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Education

Most health professionals have not played with play-doh, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners since pre-school, but those were the tools they used to create prototypes for interprofessional educational (IPE) programs during the recent Reimagining Health Science Education: Design-Thinking Workshop.  The workshop — hosted by the new Woodruff Health Science Center (WHSC) Office of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP); The Hatchery, Center for Innovation; and the Emory University School of Medicine — was the afternoon component of Emory’s first in-person Medical Education Day since 2019. The Oct. 24 event brought together faculty, staff, students and clinicians from Emory’s three health professional schools and Emory Healthcare to participate in 12 interprofessional teams.  “Our goal was to bring together faculty and students across all of our schools to dream about what IPE should and will be at Emory, and we were thrilled with the interest and engagement in this workshop, which was our office’s kick-off event,” says Jodie Guest, co-director of the WHSC Office of IPECP and vice chair of the Department of Epidemiology in Rollins School of Public Health. Guest opened the workshop by introducing the Office of IPECP and challenging participants to be visionary when conceptualizing IPE ideas for Emory. Shannon Clute, director of The Hatchery, and Ben Garrett, The Hatchery’s innovation programming and operations manager, followed her introduction by providing an overview of the design-thinking or human-centered design approach. “We find that human-centered design is broadly applic …

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