Office of Interprofessional Education

MSC 11 6055
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
SURGE Building (#226)
Suite 140, Room 151A (first floor)

Phone: (505) 272-1613

Initial IPE Community Engaged Curriculum Concludes with Student Presentations--April, 2016

CEC students SUB ballroomOn April 12th, the Student Union Ballroom was set up in a different venue with five presentation areas dispersed across the massive ballroom for 26 interprofessional student teams to present their findings based on their community work between February and April.  This was the culmination of the first required interprofessional community engaged curriculum (CEC) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. 

Besides its focus to incorporate public health principles and emphasize culturally-sensitive interactions in the community, the CEC’s interprofessional slant centered primarily on providing opportunities to develop two of the key IPEC competencies--effective communication and teamwork skills.

Representing dental hygiene, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs, 338 HSC health profession students worked through the initial challenges (understanding their roles and differing viewpoints) to make decisions and solve problems collaboratively in interprofessional teams.  Their common goal was to effectively collect and use community information to support best practices to improve the health of the community.


In support of HSC’s efforts in the communities, HSC Chancellor Paul Roth, Mayor Richard J. Berry, Bernalillo County Commissioner Chair Art De La Cruz, and Lt. Governor Isidor Abeita from the Pueblo of Isleta came as guest speakers and each offered their particular guidance highlighting the importance of the students’ work in the communities.

VIPs at CEC“While many of you [students] are at the beginning of your training…additional interprofessional education programs are being developed to    progressively strengthen your ability to work in effective teams for compassionate, collaborative care to meet the needs and challenges of our    changing health care system,” Dr. Roth stated.  

Gabriel Campos, J.D., director of the Office of Diversity and Human Rights for the city of Albuquerque, led the program as master of ceremonies, which  was apropos since he also served as a CEC co-facilitator at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center. 

The audience also heard remarks from Alicia Goodner, a level 2 nursing student at the College of Nursing, and Anjuli Sears, a graduate student in   the occupational therapy program at UNM, about their experience from the Community Engaged Curriculum.

For full article, see May-June IPE Insight.