More than 750 second-year Western University of Health Sciences students from eight different programs – dental medicine, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine – came together on Zoom Dec. 2, 2020 for their Interprofessional Education (IPE) capstone event. They practiced a variety of interprofessional team skills, including “blind drawing,” where one student described an image to their team and guided them to replicate the drawing by using instructions about how to draw it, without ever saying what the image was.

“This exercise challenges both the instruction giver and the instruction receivers,” said IPE Director John Tegzes, MA, VMD, Dipl. ABVT. “This was a wonderful time to bring students together virtually after they only interacted asynchronously online throughout the semester.”

Course Director Dr. Jasmine Yumori acknowledged the hard work of the facilitators, professors and support staff to make the session a success.

WesternU students participated in a “blind drawing” exercise where one student described an image – in this case, a giraffe – without saying what the image was.