Utilizing Interprofessional Education Activity to Discuss Difficult Topics Related to Health Equity 
Friday, April 19, 2024; 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Anisha Turner, MD

Due to the recently proposed changes to the health equity education, health care and interprofessional educators and practitioners find themselves challenged with how to educate and deliver health equity education. While interprofessional education (IPE) is grounded in competency areas surrounding teamwork, ethical practice, understanding of roles and responsibilities and communication, this education falls short if physicians fail to bring an equity lens to the discussion. This session offers a health equity pathway to practice and focus on the intersection of health equity and IPE work as we prepare students in our discipline. Through a large, multi-institutional and interprofessional case-base simulation, an interprofessional team of medical students, nursing students, pharmacy students, respiratory therapy students, and paramedic students will experience complex case scenarios that represent different identities and the health or educational disparities that individuals with these identities have experienced through a video-based medium. The interprofessional teams examined bias, power, and privilege of different professional roles, identify ethical issues facing IPE teams when interacting with different cultural groups, and reflect on best practices. Session attendees view the video activity and walk through the case. Session facilitators will give insights along the way and describe student discussions that often result from the video.



  1. Understand the importance of Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Medical Education.
  2. Describe how to integrate health equity topics into the IPE curriculum
  3. Participate in an IPE case walkthrough.
  4. Reflect on how to incorporate health equity in virtual simulation-based IPE.



Anisha Turner, MD

Anisha Turner, MD, MBA is a Board-certified Emergency Physician, an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, and Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Health Equity at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr Turner strives to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. She has led the department in developing a diverse workforce which provides high-quality, culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care. She conducts research aimed at eliminating health disparities and provides ongoing education and training of emergency physicians through an equity and social justice lens. Furthermore, Dr Turner leads an undergraduate medication course where she empowers medical students to engage in collaborative partnerships which promote health equity in communities throughout Houston.is contributions extend to education, having founded and directed the Technical Skills Program at UT Houston Medical School.