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Interprofessional Geriatrics Experience

This opportunity will provide an interprofessional experience with a collaborative approach towards caring for older adults.  The student will gain exposure to a variety of pertinent geriatric principles and rich complex case studies.  The student will utilize critical thinking as a team member while applying analytical skills, and constructing comprehensive care plans with patient centered goals.  The teams are comprised of disciplines from Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, and Speech and Hearing Sciences.  We are excited to bring exposure and awareness to the needs and strengths of the older adult population through this interprofessional experience.


  • Understand the education and roles of other professions.
  • Engage in an interdisciplinary collaborative process to analyze the case of the older adult and create a comprehensive care plan for evaluation and implementation that is built around client’s preferences and goals.
  • Given a case example, discuss when to refer to other disciplines based upon the area of professional knowledge of those disciplines in the needs of the client.
  • Give 2 examples of the benefits of an interdisciplinary team approach to care for older adults.

Care of the Dying and Bereaved Through the Life Cycle

This interdisciplinary course is designed for students from all health-related disciplines. The focus is to understand the issues when working with people dying and their families. Various models for providing care to the dying and bereaved will be discussed.

Academic year long (MUST enroll in both fall and spring semesters) seminar for graduate health profession students to engage in interprofessional teams, providing health care access and mental health assessment, case management, and health promotion to refugees resettled in the Triangle.

APPLES Service Learning Alternative Breaks

APPLES Alternative Breaks provide an avenue for students to perform service activities across North Carolina, the Southeast and the mid-Atlantic. It is a great way for students to be away from campus during the university break periods each semester. Students have the opportunity to travel beyond Chapel Hill and serve a different community while also forming lasting friendships with other Carolina students.



Established by the Camden Coaltion and Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, the concept of hotspotting has expanded to the identification of high-utilizers of healthcare and developing specific interventions to reduce hospital and ER readmissions for this population. Two models currently exist in the Health Affairs Schools:

  1. Internal Medicine Clinic: Led by Dr. Amy Weil (SOM), along with Dr. Anne Jones (SoSW) and Dr. Meg Zomorodi (SON), interprofessional teams of students identify and recruit high utilizer patients from UNCH. Student dyads make interprofessional home and/or clinic visits to selected patients and meet monthly to discuss care management strategies with team members and faculty. For more information: contact Dr. Amy Weil
  2. Well Care Home Health: Led by Dr. Meg Zomorodi (SON) and Dr. Kim Sanders (SOP), interprofessional teams of students complete ride-alongs with a healthcare professional from Well Care Home Health. Patients who meet criteria for ‘moderate to high risk’ for readmission are recruited during the ride-along. Student dyads complete interprofessional home visits to selected patients and meet weekly to discuss care management strategies with team members and faculty. For more information: contact Dr. Meg Zomorodi

Clarion Competition

Established in 2002 at the University of Minnesota, CLARION empowers healthcare professional students to work together to build a better healthcare system. Clarion strives to improve patient safety and the quality of care through the promotion and development of interprofessional leadership, teamwork, and communication. CLARION expanded the competition to the national level in 2005. Student teams, consisting of four students, comprised of at least two disciplines, are given a case and are charged with creating a root cause analysis. The team presents their analysis to a panel of interprofessional judges that evaluates their analysis in the context of real world standards of practice. UNC-CH first competed in the National Clarion Competition in 2014 and were National Champions winning 1st place in 2016. More information about Clarion

Call for applications to be a part of the UNC team will be distributed through each professional school in November, with team selection in December.

The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice (OIPEP) supports a campus-wide initiative for the intentional integration of interprofessional learning and collaboration. The purpose of the Office is to design and support creative and meaningful ways to enhance student learning, build faculty scholarship and help departments meet accreditation goals.