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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

  • Onward to the Next Academic Year

    With the campus buzzing with both newly-arrived students and returning friends, the interprofessional programs have already kicked into high gear. IPEC 501 started last week with over 510 students from 7 programs and simulation-based experiences began last week as well. … Continue reading

  • 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

Interprofessional Events

October 23

27th Annual Good Grief Conference: Hospitality: Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion

Monday, Oct. 23, 8:00a - 4:30p
The Delta Hotels Richmond Downtown 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Monday, October 23, 2017 8a-4:30p. Jointly provided by the VCU Health Department of Education and Professional Development, the VCU School of Allied Health Professions Department of Patient Counseling and Pastoral Care, and the VCU Health Bereavement Committee. Learn more and register now

October 31

Sixth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium - Close Call for Abstracts

Tuesday, Oct. 31,

Call for Abstracts closes for The Sixth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium: Collaborating to Close the Gaps.   

2018 Emswiller Abstract

November 4

Second Annual Health Hacks: Pediatrics

Saturday, Nov. 4, November 4-5, 2017
VCU School of Engineering

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.  This year's theme is Pediatrics. Learn more and register at:

February 3

Sixth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium

Saturday, Feb. 3, Registration and checkin at 8:30a Program at 9:00p - 4:00p
Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, Glen Allen, VA

The Sixth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium: Collaborating to Close the Gaps will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Program from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Virginia Crossings Hotels and Conference Center, Glen Allen, VA. All conference information available at


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