Collaboration is Key for New UW CIPE Director

Dr. Hossein Khalili, director, UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

UW–Madison founded the UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education in 2016 to develop and coordinate a program to enhance collaborative practices across the health professions.

As the new director of the independent center, Dr. Hossein Khalili is motivated by the opportunity to improve health outcomes through collaboration across health professions by providing UW health sciences students with team-based learning and practice. Health care professionals from different disciplines interact and learn as a team rather than as independent groups.

“Foundational exposure to students from other professions can foster greater collaboration later when those students graduate, earn licensure, and enter practice.” —Dr. Hossein Khalili

Since arriving in April, Khalili has spent the beginning of his tenure laying out plans and strategic directions for the UW CIPE. In line with its five-year strategic plan, the center is currently working collaboratively with its stakeholders and partners to develop the infrastructure, programs, and partnerships needed to champion, integrate, and advance interprofessional practice and education.

Educated as a nurse, Khalili was previously a professor and program coordinator at Fanshawe College School of Nursing and adjunct professor for Western University in London, Ontario. He has published broadly on interprofessional practice and education and is the co-founder and lead of the Global Network for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Research.

The center is supported by the Office of the Provost as well as the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, with its office located in Signe Skott Cooper Hall.