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What is the difference between interdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork?

Interdisciplinary teamwork is an approach like interprofessional teamwork (see below) but differs as the team members are composed of individuals from different disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, economics and geography.

Interprofessional teamwork involves different health and/or social care professions who, for example, share a team identity and work closely together in an integrated and interdependent manner to solve complex care problems and deliver services.

Learn more about interprofessional education and interprofessional practice

News and Notes

  • The Challenge is On!

    Hold your ice buckets — a new challenge is on. The students in the physical therapy class of 2019 have challenged the other students in their IPEC 501 course to the 22 push-up challenge, an event to raise awareness about … Continue reading

  • Emswiller 2017: Call for Abstracts, Call for Awards of Excellence

    The 2017 Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium will occur on February 4th at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The call for abstracts and a new call for awards are now open. The call for abstracts can be found here. Submissions for oral presentation, … Continue reading

  • A New Year Brings New Opportunities

    The campus is abuzz with the start of the new academic year. New students, excited to start their journeys toward careers as health professionals, roam the streets and halls. Meanwhile, anxious faculty put the finishing touches on course syllabi and … Continue reading

  • Celebrating Excellence

    On May 12th, we celebrated the interprofessional accomplishments of students and faculty. Nine graduating students were specifically recognized for their exceptional careers as leaders in interprofessional education and practice. In addition, a number of other students were recognized for outstanding … Continue reading

Interprofessional Events

October 31

Call for Emerging Leaders in IPE Nominations

Monday, Oct. 31,

The VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care is seeking nominations of students and junior faculty with demonstrated excellence in interprofessional leadership. Two students and two junior faculty will be selected to participate on the Emerging Leaders panel at the Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Honorees will offer their perspectives on leading interprofessional education and the future of healthcare practice. Nominate now.

November 11

Inescapable Future of Healthcare

Friday, Nov. 11, 12:00p - 1:00p
School of Dentistry - Perkinson Building, Third Floor, Room 3-105

Embracing care coordination strategies is fundamental to achieving value-based care. In this postelection presentation, we will explore the direction of healthcare policy on care coordination.  Learn more and register at


November 15

Organizations and Health Journal Club: Medical Residents and Interprofessional Interactions in Discharge: An Ethnographic Exploration of Factors That Affect Negotiation

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Stephen Putney Basement Conference Room

Space is limited to 15. Brown bag. Retrieve article, indicate interest or register at

February 4

Fifth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 4, 8:30am
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Henrico, VA

The fifth annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  



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