Current UW IPE PoD Students

Below you will find all current members of the UW IPE PoD Program.  The current UW IPE PoD Program includes 15 cross-professional students from the programs of Medicine (9), Medicine/ Public Health (Dual Degree) (2), Nursing (1), Pharmacy (1), Physical Therapy (1) and Veterinary Medicine (1).

At this time 10 students from the programs of Genetic Counseling (1), Medicine (2), Nursing (1), Occupational Therapy (1), Pharmacy (1), Physical Therapy (1), Physician Assistant (1) and Public Health (2) have completed the UW IPE PoD Program.  Click HERE to learn about these graduates.

  • Ethan Elazegui

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Program/year: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2026

What IPE means to me: IPE to me means recognizing the value of teamwork and communication in collaborating with diverse healthcare professionals. This ensures the best possible outcomes for both my veterinary patients and my human counterparts’ patients through shared knowledge and expertise.

  • Haley Buerger-Cole

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2025

What IPE means to me: Although individually we all prioritize what is best for our patients, we underestimate how helpful it can be to put our different perspectives together in order to provide the best care to our patients and solutions to challenges in healthcare. IPE brings minds from multiple different backgrounds and education to reach these solutions for our patients, our communities, and our own well-being as healthcare professionals.

  • Caroline Hess

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Program/year: Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Class of 2025

What IPE means to me: Interprofessional collaboration is essential to providing quality health care to all patients we will serve in the future. This program allows many different healthcare providers the space to work together and learn from each other in order to provide superior care to patients.

  • Firas Hikmat

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2025

What IPE means to me: I believe that UW IPE PoD will further enhance my exposure to individuals from different professions and better equip me with the tools and resources necessary to be a good physician who can advocate for my patients while simultaneously integrating interdisciplinary innovative projects within the healthcare setting.

  • Dema Jaber

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2026

What IPE means to me: IPE to me is bridging conversations and establishing trust together as a team in order to break through cultural barriers and communicate the importance of each patient’s health and wellbeing.

  • Kha Lor

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health, Class of 2025

What IPE means to me: I believe that health care is a basic human right; every human being should have access to health care regardless of any other factors present. Not only should access to care be an inherit right but the delivery of care should also be sufficient and adequate. Therefore, there is tremendous value and advantages to gain from facilitating and enhancing interdisciplinary and interprofessional values and competencies.

  • Tammy Mundale

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2025

What IPE means to me: Interprofessional collaboration is critical in a healthcare team because it not only prevents adverse outcomes, but also improves job satisfaction. It is a skill that requires humility and practice.

  • Maddie Nikolai

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2026

What IPE means to me: To me, IPE means recognizing the value of teamwork, communication, and mutual respect among colleagues from diverse disciplines. This education lays the foundation for a healthcare system where interprofessional collaboration is the norm, creating better outcomes for all.

  • Janmesh Patel

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2026

What IPE means to me: IPE is an amazing program that will allow me to become prepared to work in an interdisciplinary healthcare environment. I am excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with students from various fields to complete projects and further my learning!

  • Ritika Punathil

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health, Class of 2026

What IPE means to me: IPE matters to me because learning how to work with a diverse healthcare team is an essential way in which I can best serve my future patients.

  • Suseela Raj

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2027

What IPE means to me: I believe that learning effective interprofessional collaboration skills will be essential in my future career, as I look to best serve each individual patient in a diverse healthcare setting.

  • Tori Salaba

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Program/year: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2025

What IPE means to me: As a future healthcare professional, interprofessional collaboration will be a cornerstone of my practice as I believe it leads to high quality care. Communication, teamwork, trust, and responsibility are elements critical to developing a high functioning interprofessional team. I think the coolest part of collaborating with a healthcare team is that everyone is working towards a common goal of achieving the best care for each patient.

  • Alankrit Shatadal

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2026

What IPE means to me: When each role brings valuable insight for the benefit of the care team and their patient.

  • Kelsie Tingle

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Program/year: Doctor of Pharmacy, Class of 2025

What IPE means to me: In order for a team to work together effectively, I think that it is important for the different members to have a good understanding of who the other members are and what their respective strengths may be.

  • Hunter Wakefield

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Program/year: Doctor of Medicine, Class of 2027

What IPE means to me: I see IPE as an opportunity to learn to work with and learn from others in group settings so that we are better able to succeed in our teams in the future.