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School Facts: Partnerships - HSPICE

HSPICE, Health Sciences Partnerships in Interdisciplinary Clinical Education provides opportunities for students and faculty to become involved in many different kinds of interdisciplinary programs linking the six health sciences schools, the information school, the health sciences library system, and the community. Providing health care to underserved members of the urban community is a major focus area.

According to Dr. Pamela Mitchell, associate dean for research and chair of the HSPICE leadership team, "The changing financial and delivery systems for health care have led to a world where various disciplines work together in hospitals, in primary care, and in community-based social and health programs. Yet graduates of these programs are rarely educated together."

Current opportunities for involvement in the HSPICE program include:

Harborview rotations
Participation in interdisciplinary care teams on selected HMC inpatient and clinical services, and in community partnerships.

The Salvation Army Adult Recovery Center
Helping to create viable solutions to health issues at this facility by working with professional and nonprofessional team members.

A problem-based, classroom seminar for campus-based students in the seven participating schools.

UCONJ 501 & 503
International health

A freshman seminar to introduce non-health science students to interdisciplinary health care

"Student Practitioners Aspiring to Rural & Urban Experiences" - an interdisciplinary student interest group

"Community Health Advancement Program" - encourages medical students to consider primary care careers working with underserved populations

For more information about scheduled courses and the HSPICE program, visit the HSPICE website at or contact Program Coordinator Beertine Easterling at 206/731-8973 or

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