Elaine Mischler MD Interprofessional Education Scholarship: 2021 Inaugural Recipients

Congratulations Rachel Sobiesk and Katie Tredinnick!

Dr. Mischler generously provided the UW CIPE with an IPE Scholarship fund, and the first recipients were chosen in December. The goal of the scholarship is for students from a health/social-related professional program complete an immersion experience to learn more and contribute to interprofessional team-based practice, education, and research.


Scholarship Criteria for Proposed Projects to be Funded:

  1. An immersion experience in learning and contributing to interprofessional team-based practice, education and/or research.
  2. Aligned with the mission and core values of the UW CIPE:
    • Focus on one or more aspects of the Quadruple Aim (Better Health, Better Care, Better Value, and Better Work Experience)
    • Involve members/students from two or more professions in learning and working together to improve collaboration and quality of services
    • Promote Creativity, Competence, Community Engagement, and/or Collaboration


Inaugural Recipients:

Rachel Sobiesk
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice – Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
2023 DNP candidate

Rachel was first introduced to IPE during her senior year in the UW–Madison BSN program. From there, she strived to learn more about IPE and how to incorporate it into mainstream healthcare education. Rachel was excited to be paired with her mentors, Dr. Gina Bryan, Dr. Edward Portillo, and Dr. Casey Gallimore, for her nurse educator practicum in Fall 2020 where she supported the implementation of the Interprofessional Transition of Care Simulation virtually. The simulation follows a patient’s care from discharge at the hospital to an outpatient pharmacy visit to a follow-up appointment with their provider. The simulation highlights breakdowns that occur in the systems-level of care and the subsequent impact on patients’ health outcomes. Rachel is now applying principles of dissemination and implementation science to make this simulation created and successfully implemented at UW–Madison by her mentors accessible to students nationally.

The project is entitled, “iTOCex” and the goal of the project is to alleviate common barriers to implementing interprofessional education, such as designing and implementing the learning experience and identifying health professional programs to collaborate with, to increase accessibility and use of interprofessional education in health professional schools. iTOCex will meet this goal by providing participating schools with all resources needed to implement the learning experience in their program with access to weekly training sessions for further support. iTOCex’s innovative design will allow programs from separate colleges/universities to participate in an interprofessional learning opportunity together. So, programs who were previously unable to participate in rich interprofessional experiences due to a lack of other nearby health programs will be able to do so with iTOCex. Through improving access to a quality interprofessional learning opportunity, iTOCex will support improved collaboration of future health professionals in practice and thus improve patient outcomes. Rachel is currently working on completing the resources to support implementation and plans to pilot the project next fall.


Katie Tredinnick
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine/School of Medicine and Public Health 2024
DVM/MPH candidate

Katie’s project will study the relationship between sustainable livestock production, biosecurity, and zoonoses in Uganda. She has been working with the Iowa State University’s Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) to complete her MPH degree’s required applied practice experience (APEX). She and her colleagues at CSRL are constructing a survey that will gauge baseline attitude, knowledge, and behavior that Ugandan farmers associate with zoonoses and biosecurity. The survey has been submitted to the Makerere University School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee for review. Following approval, this survey will be carried out by Uganda-based CSRL staff as they conduct regularly scheduled farm visits throughout the area. With community buy-in and support, this project will construct an initiative that aims to decrease preventable disease transmission between wildlife, groups of domestic animals, and humans.


Congratulations to Rachel and Katie!