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Silo Breakers

It’s time to shatter the barriers dividing health care professionals

Silo Breakers

In 1987 when the late President Ronald Reagan famously urged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” Reagan was referring to the heavily fortified barricade dividing East and West Berlin. 

That same call to action can be heard in health profession training programs across the United States, but this time the plea has to do with the figurative wall separating doctors, nurses, dentists, biomedical scientists, health informaticians and public health officers. 

“Everyone has typically worked independently making his or her own unique contribution,” says Patricia L. Starck, Ph.D., R.N., senior vice president of interprofessional education at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). “That’s no longer good enough.” 

Today’s caregivers are being challenged to do more with less and will have to work much more closely with their counterparts to accomplish this, Starck adds.

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