From the LINC Director

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -Unknown Origin

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at UT Health San Antonio, Linking Interprofessional Networks for Collaboration (LINC), was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools–Commission on Colleges in 2018 as part of our ten-year reaffirmation of accreditation. The plan will transform interprofessional education, or IPE, on our campus to prepare all students for the teamwork that will define their future careers, regardless of setting. Specific goals include cultivating IPE knowledge and skills in faculty, staff, and students; increasing opportunities for student IPE experiences; and integrating IPE into existing curricula. To achieve these goals, the plan emphasizes infrastructure development so that LINC becomes an incubator to fuel transformative ideas through interprofessional collaboration.

The proverb highlighted above summarizes what we intend to accomplish. By strategically linking stakeholders from different networks within our institution, we have laid the groundwork for impressive gains in the years to come. Guidance from an external advisory council of nationally and internationally recognized IPE experts is strengthening our approach. Explore our LINC Organizational Model to learn more. We cannot thank enough the many talented and dedicated individuals advancing IPE at UT Health San Antonio through LINC for all they have done, and continue to do, to achieve our ambitious goals.

If you would like to learn more about LINC, or contribute to LINC’s success, please do not hesitate to contact me. There are many opportunities to get involved for faculty, staff, and students at UT Health San Antonio, as well as potential collaborators outside of our institution.

Joseph A. Zorek, PharmD, BCGP, FNAP

December 2020