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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 Interprofessional Symposium: Registration Open!

    Registration for the fifth annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium is now open here. With keynote addresses by Bonnie Jennings of Emory School of NursingĀ and Deborah Davis, CEO of MCV Hospitals, the Symposium should describe a vision for the future of interprofessional … Continue reading

  • New Interprofessional Simulations

    On October 28th, 19 students from dental hygiene, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy participated in the initial health assessment simulations. The three-hour session involved two simulations: one, a table top simulation where students from each discipline collaborated to evaluate a teenager, … Continue reading

  • 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

Interprofessional Events

March 9

Webinar: IPEC Core Competencies for IPEC Practice

Thursday, Mar. 9, 2:00p - 3:00p
Tompkins-McCaw Library Lecture Room, 2010

Join VCU Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences for the upcoming webinar: IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: The Journey from 2011-2016. Join a diverse group for an opportunity to engage and network on topics of interest to the IPE community. Registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome Light snacks provided by VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care.

March 15

Pulling Back the Curtain: Creating Realistic Standardized Patient Encounters

Wednesday, Mar. 15, 12:00p - 1:00p
Molecular Medicine Research Building (MMRB) rooms 1009-1011

Harness the power of collaborative case building at this interactive session. Register at


April 7

Call for Nominations - Third Annual Student Excellence in Interprofessionalism Recognition Award

Friday, Apr. 7,

This award serves to recognize students with demonstrated involvement and interest in promoting interprofessional activities. Nominate a full-time VCU student today at


April 21

Caring for Complex Patents: Student Reflections on an IPE Learning Experience

Friday, Apr. 21, 12:00p - 1:00p
Molecular Medicine Research Building (MMRB) rooms 1009-1011

Register at  


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