Sarah Smithson, MD, MPH
Director of Interprofessional Education
UNC School of Medicine
Sarah Smithson is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice for the UNC School of Medicine. Her areas of interest include curricular innovation in health systems, communication, and team-based care delivery. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology where she practices outpatient primary care in Internal Medicine. Sarah earned degrees in medicine and public health from Emory University. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Interprofessional education (IPE) is a key component in health professions education to prepare students for practice. Breaking down barriers and stereotypes about other professions early in a student’s education is important to future team-readiness. While we know that it is important to expose students to IPE early in their curriculum, it can be challenging to identify activities for early program students who have a variety of clinical experiences and expectations. In this “Meet Your Neighbors” (MYN) activity, all first-year pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, and nursing students (n=580)…
This session will provide an overview of the Relational Leadership Institute (RLI), an interprofessional, intergenerational leadership program currently held at Oregon Health & Science University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Utah, and developed in partnership with Primary Care Progress. Launched in 2017, RLI engages healthcare professionals and learners at various stages of practice and training in a program combining traditional didactics, small group work, interactive exercises, and coaching. Participants at each institution go through the program…