Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional Scholars Recipients



ipscholar mallory myers

Mallory Myers
School of Medicine
Class of 2024

I’ve always found my favorite and most fulfilling work in team settings, so I was intrigued by the concept of interprofessional collaboration in healthcare. After learning more about the effects of collaboration on patient and team outcomes through my TEAM UPTM experience, I wanted to expand my own knowledge in a way that would benefit myself, my future team, and, most importantly, my future patients. I also realized how limited the exposure to other programs was prior to starting third year clerkships, so I decided to pursue the IP Scholar program. In this experience, I found a passion for both interprofessional collaboration and education.  The lessons I learned in shared leadership, patient advocacy, health equity, and collaborative communication were then solidified in clerkship rotations and clinical experiences. My experience in the IP Scholar program truly set the tone for how I plan to practice and advocate for interprofessional collaboration as I pursue a greater role in patient care in the field of psychiatry!

ip scholar shivani jain

Shivani Jain
School of Medicine
Class of 2025

Prior to starting medical school, I had been involved with research and entrepreneurial efforts that required thoughtful teamwork, so I was excited that interprofessional (IPE) collaboration was a focal point of our curriculum. Early on, TEAM UPTM exercises got me thinking about how effective interprofessional  communication and patient management plans ultimately lead to improved healthcare outcomes. During the winter and spring of my first year, I got involved with the effort to develop our IP Scholars Program and was part of our institution’s first student team endorsed for the CLARION national case competition. From there, I kept pursuing opportunities that would help me build more skills, challenge me intellectually and emotionally, and provide me with new perspectives. Some mentors saw my natural curiosity and motivation to get involved and encouraged me to fully participate in the IP Scholars Program. I am so glad I did because the faculty and students that I have worked with on various IPSA research, service, and journal editorial projects over the years have become friends who have helped me grow both personally and professionally. The skills I have gained were especially useful while working on IPE teams during 3rd year clerkships, in which I saw firsthand how an IPE framework leads to better communication, patient advocacy, and health equity. My experience in the IP Scholars Program will undoubtedly continue to shape my journey in healthcare.

ip scholar margaret mena

Margaret Mena
School of Medicine
Class of 2025

I started my interprofessional journey during my first year Team Up course, and through this program, I was able to learn valuable skills to bring into my future practice. The pillars of education, scholarship/research, leadership, and practice outreach were all things I wanted to learn more about and excel in during my medical journey. Wanting to hone these skills, I was attracted to the Interprofessional Scholars program, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Through this program, I was able to fulfill meaningful projects and take part in experiences I believe will make me a better doctor and person. I met many valuable, understanding mentors through this group, and I felt better prepared to navigate my clinical experiences after participating in this program. The Interprofessional Scholars program has been a highlight of my medical school career, and I cannot wait to bring these values into my future medical practice. 





IP Scholar Brock Williams

Brock Williams
School of Medicine
Class of 2023

My involvement began when I got involved with the Student Team Up™ committee during my first and second years of medical school. This was an amazing opportunity to impact the curriculum about future healthcare providers interacting with each other to provide the best patient care possible. Being involved in those committees and other projects through IPECP furthered my interest and passion to foster strong connections within the hospital setting. This program was a way to channel that enthusiasm while getting to see the intricacies of higher education. It was amazing to see the theory we talked about in the classroom come to life in the clinical setting. Seeing the rounds that included different professions of healthcare put into perspective the individual goals different providers had for the patient. The lenses these providers viewed patient care allowed them to highlight problems and solutions that I would have never thought about. It really is all about teamwork to give the patient the best care possible.

hailey teachout ip scholar

Hailey Teachout
School of Medicine
Class of 2023

I served as an Interprofessional Student Alliance board member and a New Orleans Women and Children's Shelter Coordinator and had reached out to Dr. Gunaldo about assisting with Team Up™ presentation grading. Dr. Gunaldo suggested that I pursue the designation. This experience allowed me to pursue with intention interprofessional growth and emphasized the importance of interprofessional education. I have received such great support throughout the entire process which I feel has allowed me to flourish. This experience has not only made my medical school experience more well-rounded but will also have a strong, positive impact on my future career as a psychiatrist.



IP scholar chrissie alving-trinh

Chrissie Alving-Trinh
School of  Medicine
Class of 2022

I began my time in the IP Scholars program serving on the Team Up™ Committee, where I revised and improved the interprofessional curriculum. I plan to carry my love for education and collaborative practice into my future career as an academic surgeon. I also used the experience to reflect on best team practices and roles of other healthcare providers. The healthcare team's goal is to help the patient. But helping the patient means something different to me, as a surgeon, than it does to the occupational therapist or to the dentist or to other members of the patient care team. Being mindful of how we frame our individual goals, present pertinent information, and communicate with the other members of the team will help the patient care team deliver the best care possible.