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

Dual Retirements--Congratulations!

m discoMichel Disco, BSPharm, Rph, MBA received both her BS in Pharmacy and MBA from the University of New Mexico.  While holding the position as assistant dean for external programs and clinician educator associate professor for the College of Pharmacy at UNM, Disco also took the helm as the second director for the HSC Office of Interprofessional Education in 2012. 

 As a licensed pharmacist for forty years, Disco understands the need for a collaborative interprofessional team to provide the best care for patients.  While Disco retires from her position officially June 30th, she will continue on a part-time basis teaching the public health course to pharmacy students this August, and will remain actively involved in her IPE areas of interest for patient safety and community engagement. 

Disco is the recipient of several awards and in 2015 became a recipient of the national Pharmacist Lifetime Leadership Award presented by the Pharmacy Times.  

Recognizing public health problems unique to New Mexico, Disco has also participated in New Mexico Pharmacists Association teams responsible for prescriptive authority legislation covering narcotic overdose treatment, contraception, immunizations, tobacco cessation, and tuberculosis testing.


Betsy VanLeit, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is retiring this July from her current position as associate professor and director of the UNM School of Medicine Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, as well as the IPE representative for the Health Professions Programs (HPP). Her plans include a relocation to California.

VanLeit received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington, an MPA from the University of San Francisco, and a PhD in Community Health Education from the University of Washington.

VanLeit has been involved in interprofessional education since 1995. As the director of the internationally-known Rural Health Interdisciplinary Program for many years, VanLeit went on to develop the HSC Office of Interprofessional Education in 2009, serving as its first director through 2012.  She continued to support interprofessional education as an active member of the IPE Team and the Community Engaged Curriculum workgroup.  VanLeit’s scholarly interests focused on how to help health professional students to develop relational competencies that support self-reflection, person-centered care, and effective interactions with communities.