Valerie Williams, PhD, MPA
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Valerie N. Williams, Ph.D., is a University of Oklahoma Presidential Professor in the Graduate College and holds academic appointments in the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health. She serves as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) with responsibilities for campus-wide academic affairs, academic integrity, interdisciplinary programming, and faculty development . Williams’ earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University (SU), a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at SU, and a PhD in Allied Health Sciences from the University of Oklahoma.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
As a comprehensive academic health center, our institution serves approximately 4,000 students in more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Consistent with other health professions programs, the majority of our professional programs and disciplines have accreditation requirements for interprofessional educational (IPE) opportunities. In support of IPE programming, the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, overseen by the Chief Academic Officer for the Health Sciences Center, is engaged in curricular oversight and the development of additional interdisciplinary offerings for the…
Improving Interprofessional Education Through Intentional Inclusion of Graduate Research Students: A Work In-progress
Background: Although the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center had a robust interdisciplinary/interprofessional (ID/IPE) education program with strong buy-in from the six professional-based colleges, the inclusion of graduate college research students in the basic bench science biomedical programs lagged behind. Inclusion of non-health professional biomed sciences students in defining the healthcare team, provides opportunity for additional important voices regarding translational science, to be intentionally invited to ID/IPE programming. The goal of our study was to implement…