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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

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  

May 11

Third Annual Student Excellence in Interprofessionalism Recognition Award Ceremony

Thursday, May. 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. Building, Brown Conference Room (Room 3114) 1101 E. Leigh Street

The Third Annual Student Excellence in Interprofessionalism Recognition Award Ceremony will be held on:

Thursday, May 11, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm
W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. Building (School of Dentistry)
Third Floor, Brown Conference Room (Room 3114)
1101 E. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Friends, family and faculty are encouraged to attend.

More information at:


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