Interprofessional Education and Practice: Using Interprofessional Theories

July 18
UCSF Library, Room CL-221/222
530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Interprofessional Education and Practice Series
Using Interprofessional Theories

Led by:

Scott Reeves, PhD
Director, UCSF Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Bridget O'Brien, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Office of Medical Education

Kurt Lewin stated “there is nothing more practical than theory”.  Adopting Lewin’s approach to theory, this workshop examines the use of different social science (e.g. psychology, social-psychology, systems, sociology) theories for illuminating the complex nature of interprofessional relations. 

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Contribute to an interactive presentation describing key social science theories and explaining their role for understanding the nature of interprofessional relations from micro, meso and macro perspectives.
  • Engage in a small group exercise employing different theories to inform the nature of different interprofessional issues (power imbalances, professional socialization, hierarchy).
  • Reflect upon the small group work in a plenary discussion.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a range of social science theories which have salience for interprofessional education and practice.

This workshop is one in a 12-part series covering fundamental issues in interprofessional education and practice. Workshops need not be taken in sequence.


The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR13075