Denise Zwahlen, MD
Assistant Professor
University of Kansas Medical Center
Dr. Denise Zwahlen is a board-certified family physician with a CAQ in geriatrics. Dr. Zwahlen focuses her academic efforts on teaching geriatrics, interprofessional practice and problem-based learning. She is key faculty in the Geriatric Interprofessional Assessment Clinic, supervises all phase one problem-based learning cases and is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, serving as Director of the Cates Learning Community. In serving these roles, Dr. Zwahlen teaches learners from all levels, including undergraduate health professions students to geriatric fellows, with an emphasis on collaborative learning and developing interprofessional skills.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical teaching sites at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) were temporarily suspended, including interprofessional (IP) clinical practice sites. IP education was disproportionately impacted by the pandemic due to its collaborative nature and need for group interaction. To resume in-person teaching at IP clinic sites, KUMC required an approved re-opening plan that assured the safety of students, patients and faculty. This session provides educators with guidance on how to return students to clinical practice teaching sites when space is limited and…