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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 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

October 1

First Annual Medical Hackathon

Saturday, Oct. 1, October 1-2, 2016
VCU School of Engineering East Atrium

Students will form in interdisciplinary groups of  up to 4, and by the end of the 24 hour period will have a concrete solution, whether it be a rapid prototype, a solidworks 3D design, a new phone app…the options are endless.  Learn more and register at:

October 13

Annual Symposium: Developing a System that Promotes the Wellbeing of Healthcare Practitioners

Thursday, Oct. 13, 11:30a-3:00pm
Kontos Medical Sciences Building (KMSB), 1217 E. Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Lunch and posters at 11:30p; Program at 12:30pm-3:00pm Kontos Medical Sciences Building (KMSB) on VCU's MCV Campus. Free; however, registration is required. Register at:

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.


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