David Farmer, PHD, LPC, LMFT, FNAP
Director, IPEP
UNT Health Science Center
As Director of the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Department of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP), Dr. Farmer has helped develop a culture of interprofessional education and practice across UNTHSC’s medicine, pharmacy, health professions, public health, and biomedical sciences programs. He has led in the establishment of partnerships with four neighboring academic institutions to allow for collaboration across eleven health professions. Dr. Farmer leads initiatives in IPE faculty and clinical preceptor development. A Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Farmer came to UNTHSC with twenty-three years’ experience in the clinical practice of counseling psychology.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The spring 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic posed new challenges for IPE at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC). Less than three weeks before a planned in-person IPE workshop for 799 interprofessional health professions students, online education only strategies were implemented institution wide. Students from medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, public health and health administration from UNTHSC along with students from nursing, social work, speech language pathology, athletic training, and dietetics from four partnering institutions…
There is national concern that Interprofessional collaborative care team models are hard to find. Health professions students moving into the clinical environment may not experience the interprofessional collaboration they had been preparing for through Interprofessional education. A national emphasis is placed on the development of the clinical learning environments to include overt examples of highly collaborative interprofessional teamwork. Many preceptors have not have trained in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for interprofessional collaborative practice. Though many work…