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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

  • 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

  • Fourth Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium a Success

    On February 6th, 124 students, faculty, practitioners, and staff gathered for the Fourth Annual Emswilller Interprofessional Symposium at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Attendees represented 10 states and provided a rich environment for the exchange of ideas. The Symposium was kicked … Continue reading

Interprofessional Events

September 19

Chasing the Dragon

Monday, Sep. 19, 4:00p - 5:30p
Egyptian Building, MCV Campus

A blunt and gritty documentary narrating the lives of addicts and people impacted. Panel discussion to follow with the Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, FBI and DEA law enforcers, and recovering addicts who were involved in criminal activity as a result of their opioid and/or heroin addictions. Light refreshments for registered participants. Register at

September 20

Organizations and Health Journal Club: It's Not All About Me: Motivating Hand Hygiene Among Health Care Professionals by Focusing on Patients

Tuesday, Sep. 20, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Sanger Hall 1-038

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

September 21

Better Interprofessional Practice: A Solution for the Challenges Facing the Health of Society

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 12:00p - 1:00p
School of Nursing Building, First Floor, Room 1101

Better Interprofessional Practice: A Solution for the Challenges Facing the Health of Society presented by Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A. Learn more and register at

Registration required. Lunch available for registered participants.

September 30

Fifth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium Invitation for Abstract Submissions

Friday, Sep. 30,

Abstract submissions are invited for oral presentations, workshops and posters that showcase interprofessional education, practice, or scholarship. We welcome the works and works-in-progress of students, faculty, educators, and practitioners.

All abstracts are limited to 300 words and will be accepted until close of business Friday, September 30, 2016 at


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