The 2023 UTHealth Houston Advances in Teaching & Learning Day was held on Friday, July 28. As part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), co-director and Center faculty Angela Gomez, EdD presented two posters—one on the Virtual Interprofessional Policy Simulation, and one about the QEP—with collaborators from across the university.
The Virtual Interprofessional Policy Simulation (VIPS) engages interprofessional student teams as they negotiate and develop policies to address impending Medicare Part A bankruptcy during a 2.5-hour simulation in Zoom. VIPS has contributed to positive gains in students’ knowledge and policy-making skills. The poster, “The Virtual Interprofessional Policy Simulation (VIPS): An Innovative Approach to IPE and Health Policy Education,” earned 2nd place and included Rachel Jantea, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Geriatrics at McGovern Medical School and director of VIPS, and Francine Snow, DrPH, MSN, RN, CNE, NPD-BC, Assistant Professor at Cizik School of Nursing and member of the QEP leadership team.
The second poster focused on sharing about the university’s QEP, Healthcare Policy for Health Professionals (HP2) and gains in student learning thus far. HP2 includes five plan actions, including a Civics 101 learning activity to develop students’ foundational knowledge about policy-making and changing, VIPS, and the forthcoming Advocacy Module to engage students in learning about how they may use their health policy knowledge and skills to advocate for positive change in their health professions.