Centre for IPE Newsletter

Summer 2016 Edition:

Centre Updates

Congratulations Belinda!
25 Year Long Service Award,
University Health Network.

The Centre for IPE Team was privileged to celebrate alongside Belinda as she received her 25 year long service pin on June 1st at Toronto Western Hospital.

Belinda began her career at UHN working in the Toronto Western Emergency Department and then in Patient Relations mediating patient and family concerns. Over 9 years ago, Belinda transitioned to the Manager role at the Centre for IPE. Her strengths as a manager have been key for the transformation and growth of the Centre. Belinda is a critical member of the CIPE Team. She is a leader who supports others in reaching success and brings out the best of the team.

Congratulations to Belinda on this incredible milestone which by far transcends the dedication and commitment to her work within CIPE and UHN.

Centre for IPE Announcement

It is with great pleasure to announce that Eli Cadavid, the Centre for Interprofessional Education’s Administrative Assistant is off to have a baby girl! Eli will begin her maternity leave on July, 4th.

We would like to extend a wonderful welcome to the newest member of our team, Angela Perna, who will manage Eli’s responsibilities while she is on leave. Angela joins us with strong administrative, coordination and planning experience. We look forward to having Angela join our Team!
Angela Perna

Collaborative Change Leadership Program 

Call for Applications Extended to June 30!
APPLY NOW for 2016 - 2017 Program!

October 2016 - June 2017
(Five In-Class Sessions)
Toronto, ON

The Collaborative Change Leadership™ (CCL) Program is an accredited, certificate program offered by the University Health Network (UHN) in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE). This advanced leadership program is aimed at senior and high potential leaders in healthcare and health education.  

The goal of the advanced CCL program is to develop people to lead health system transformation and enable socially accountable change in their community.  

Visit the program website for more information, 
including full details on the application process!

Apply before June 30, 2016!

2015 - 2016
Centre for IPE Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education

On behalf of the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto and the Awards Selection Committee, we would like to congratulate the recipients and nominees of the 2015 - 2016 Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education.

Award Recipients

Award of Merit for Excellence - Interprofessional Education Teaching
Dr. Chase McMurren - Toronto Western Hospital Al and Malka Green Artists' Health Centre & Taddle Creek Family Health Team 
Ivy Oandasan Leadership Award - Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Education
Dr. Ewa Szumacher - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Odette Cancer Centre
Susan J. Wagner Award for Student Leadership in Interprofessional Education
Amy Derochie - University of Toronto, Department of Occupational Sciences & Occupational Therapy
Navjot Rai - University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education Celebration Event
October 18, 2016 ~ 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Toronto Western Hospital, BMO Conference Centre.

IPE Curriculum Updates

Thank You IPE Curriculum Partners!

As the 2015 – 2016 academic year draws to a close, we would like to extend a warm thank you to all of our wonderful partners who have dedicated their time to making the IPE Curriculum at the University of Toronto a success. We have made incredible strides in advancing the curriculum, offering a large roster of high quality learning activities across university and practice sites, advancing the IPE Structured Placements and Hybrid Models, as well as co-creating the endorsed Integrated Interprofessional Education Curriculum.

Next year brings new adventures as we begin to transition towards an integrated curriculum, incorporating two new common time learning activities, in which multiple programs have dedicated time to embed IPE activities into their program curricula. The continued collaboration and strong leadership across our community is evident in the successes and advancements of the IPE Curriculum. We look forward to collaborating with you in the upcoming academic year.

News from Your IPE/IPC Community

Patient partnership at A Palpable Thrill: A reader’s theatre workshop created by interprofessional students

Submitted By: Shara Nauth, Medicine Student, University of Toronto

During preclerkship, I joined a team of interprofessional students with the goal of using theatre-based education to bring the patient voice to health care learners. We embarked on a multiphase project to build a verbatim theatre script using patient interviews, which centred around chronic illness narratives and the importance of patient-partnership. Working in an interprofessional team for such a longitudinal project was an incredible experience, particularly as I started my clinical clerkship. All in different stages of our educations, our interactions would ebb and flow as we continued our intensive curricula while working over Skype, Google docs and the rare in-person meeting.

In May of this year, I had the pleasure of presenting our work at A Palpable Thrill in Hamilton, Ontario. This conference aimed to promote a community of students, scholars and learners using medical humanities. Along with one of the OT students on our team, I co-hosted a reader’s theatre workshop using scenes from our script and led a discussion around patient-partnership and patient voices in education. Our workshop participants were from varied backgrounds, including curriculum directors, students, physicians and undergraduate professors. I was moved by how captivating the script-reading activity was for these individuals with no previous drama experience, and how rich our discussion was after each scene. With their own interpretations of the script, participants created a shared space between patient and learner voices.

I look forward to continuing this work with my amazing team, and sharing it again in the near future.

Advance Care Planning and Interprofessional Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Submitted By: ACP Interprofessional Team, Sunnybrook Health: Lina Gagliardi, Lisa Di Prospero, Tammy Lilien, Dr. Sarah Torabi, Dr. Dominique Piquette, Dr. Alexandra Stefan & Agnes Ryzynski

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process that involves having iterative conversations with a patient and their Substitute Decision Maker to understand, clarify and document the patient’s values and wishes for future health care decisions. At Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC), interprofessional leadership, clinicians and administrative staff are developing an implementation and communication strategy to educate and train providers and support knowledge translation regarding Advance Care Planning.

April 16, 2016 marked National Advance Care Planning Awareness Day. To facilitate shared learning and knowledge translation, several events were planned for the week of April 11 – 15 at SHSC, including an ACP simulation (SIM) session entitled “Let’s Talk About It:  How do we start meaningful conversations”.

Simulation is effective in teaching new skills that can contribute to improving clinical outcomes and patient safety. Although SIMs are more commonly used for technical learning, such as the application of medical interventions, the SHSC ACP committee specifically selected a SIM as a learning strategy to illustrate how appropriate communication skills can be used in challenging conversations with patients and their decision makers. 

SIM presenters included a Social Worker, two Palliative Care Physicians and a Physician Assistant. The event was moderated by the Director of Interprofessional Practice and extended to SHSC staff as an opportunity to learn from, with and about one another as participants in these conversations. Since ACP is predicated on the notion that we are ALL potential patients AND substitute decision makers (SDM), this activity allowed participants to practice a skill set that is valuable to us not only as health care providers but as regular citizens.

SIM evaluations were distributed and positive feedback was gleaned from the interprofessional learners in attendance, including:  “Good example! Helpful to see other professionals’ approach” and “Realistic scenarios reflect what we encounter daily”.  

Interprofessional Learning in Action: The Use of Scaffolding in a Geriatric Internship

Submitted By: Joyce Kuang BKin, Shannon Coffey BASc, Shoshana Helfenbaum MSW RSW DGrt, Amanda Canfield MD(c) & Raquel Meyer PhD RN.

As part of a geriatric internship at the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, ten undergraduates from varied healthcare disciplines engaged in an innovative technique coined ‘interprofessional scaffolding’ by the Centre’s Interprofessional Educator, Shoshana Helfenbaum. 

IP scaffolding is the intentional and mutual exchange of peer coaching whereby team members support another or multiple others from varied disciplines with their discipline-specific expertise to fill in knowledge, skill and performance gaps for others. Teams caring for complex geriatric clients are composed of a mix of staff with varied education and skills. IP scaffolding offers an approach to fill in these associated gaps and thereby enhance the achievement of collective performance goals at a higher level than would be otherwise possible.

Based on these principles, interns practiced IP scaffolding by identifying and engaging in opportunities (e.g., related to learning plan goals and projects) for mutual peer coaching based on strengths and gaps in their knowledge and skills. 

“ … With regards to growing as a professional, I have really started to see each team member's strengths shine through. Not only has this helped me to know who I can ask for advice, but also to see where I could improve my skills. Further, it has started me on a journey of deeper discovery about how I learn.” – Amanda Canfield, Former CLRI Intern 2015

Ultimately, interns reported improvement in individual and group development, role clarity and understanding of scopes of practice. Thus, IP scaffolding is a significant innovation for enabling interprofessional education and collaboration!

Creating a longitudinal interprofessional collaborative care curriculum - The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Office of Interprofessional Collaboration

Submitted By: Office of Interprofessional Collaboration, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba is moving forward with the creation and implementation of a longitudinal curriculum to ensure that the University of Manitoba students of the ten pre-licensure health professional education programs are collaborative practice ready. A unified faculty of Health Sciences presented an undeniable opportunity, recognized by the five deans of the colleges within the faculty, who created and endorsed a consultation unit to develop a longitudinal curriculum.
Each college (Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences) has faculty representation, and along with the Vice Dean Education and an office assistant, have come together as the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration (OIPC).  Over the last year, the OIPC has collectively and iteratively developed a process to create this faculty- wide curriculum.  Based on an educational curriculum model (Latucca and Stark, 2011), the D’Amour & Onandasan (2004) IPE/IPC model, and an IPE curriculum blueprint (WRHA-UM IPE Initiative 2014), this program will begin for first year pre-licensure students within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in September of the 2016-2017 academic year. Substantive discussion on values, principles, and assumptions greatly informed the purpose, construction, and resulting curriculum.
Students will learn about collaboration in longitudinal Interprofessional student cohort groups. Curricula focuses on health promotion, community engagement, patient safety and quality improvement with cohorts participating in case-based, face-to-face sessions, and asynchronous discussion groups, simulation, community outreach and/or service learning and clinical/practice placements. A faculty-wide student-learning/showcase forum is being planned annually to highlight student and community projects. 

The Challenges of Implementing a Joint Interprofessional Education Program between a Pharmacy College and an Osteopathic Medical College: A Case Study 

Submitted By: M. Esquire Anthony, D.O, Assistant Clinical Professor, Primary Care Dept., Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

This case study describes a joint pilot project to implement interprofessional education (IPE) between a college of osteopathic medicine and a college of pharmacy co-located on one campus. The pilot was intended to address the May 2011 expert panel report of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) domains and competencies and to serve as a first step and bridge toward future interdisciplinary endeavors. We describe the process of creating an IPE team, developing a workshop and gathering feedback. The key elements for a successful IPE program are identified as: administrative support, faculty engagement, and long-term planning. Challenges to effective implementation encountered were: scheduling conflicts, faculty engagement, and a budget specific for IPE.

The purpose of this study is to describe the efforts and challenges of implementing interprofessional education (IPE) in the context of a pharmacy college and an osteopathic medical college located on the same campus. The aim of this paper is to provide insights and share lessons learned regarding approaches taken to implement an IPE initiative. We advance the premise that while IPE is an essential foundation for preparing health profession students for interprofessional patient-centered practices, its implementation has many challenges.


IPE in Nontraditional Settings: A Follow Up Report on Producing Active Referrals for Clients Enrolled in Drug Court

Submitted By: Michael Oldani, Concordia University Wisconsin & Karin Wasiullah, Alverno College.

In the December 2015 Centre for IPE Newsletter we described a pilot collaboration with Justice Point (a non profit case management organization) and the Milwaukee County Drug Court. In Part I of this pilot program, health and social care students from Concordia University of Wisconsin (CUW) and Alverno College spent the fall semester observing interprofessionalism in a nontraditional setting: Case management staff meetings with court personnel and local police officers as well as the proceedings of Drug Court, where clients appear before a judge to mark their progress as they work to phase up and out of the criminal justice system. Student specialties included nursing, nurse practitioner (mental health), occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, and social work. Monthly small group meetings were held where students debriefed one another and a shared Google Drive allowed students to write up their observations, thoughts and feelings about what they were experiencing and to make informed comments with one another.

During the spring term students used their new knowledge and worked with Justice Point to identify clients with complex health needs – Phase II of this pilot program. A problem had been identified: untreated illness and disorders and/or unknown healthcare needs and access issues could negatively impact a client’s ability to stay sober and to phase out of drug court and resume “a normal life”. Interprofessional groups of two to three students interviewed clients several times to create what we called IPE Case Reports – these were shared on the Google Drive as well. These case reports were then discussed with clients and their case managers in order to create active referrals for appropriate and timely health care. The goal being to keep clients sober and on track to phase out of the court. 

Two cases stood out to students and are good examples of how motivated students can impact the lives of vulnerable individuals. One client “Monica” described a long history of seizures, mood disorders and sleeping problems along with her medications to the IPE interview team. One problem the team identified was nightmares. Monica had been diagnosed with PTSD previously and after discussing, the IPE team recommended a prescription of prazosin (trade name: Minipress). Monica took this information to her case managers and her primary care doctor, who discussed this further and wrote a prescription for her. She reported back to the IPE team during a follow up interview that her sleep had improved “tremendously”.

A second IPE team had initially interviewed “Stephanie,” who was relatively healthy but had two main health issues: leg pain and the complete loss of her upper set of teeth – quite striking for a young person.  Case management was informed of the pain issues and worked with Stephanie to find the appropriate kind of treatment. The obvious dental issue was not brought up by Stephanie during the first interview. However, at a subsequent phone interview, she felt comfortable to discuss how embarrassing the situation was and how desperate she wanted dentures. The IPE team had an emotional debriefing session and vowed to inform case management her needs and to find a free, or a pro-bono, dental clinic.

Overall, the 12 students who participated showed marked improvement in their IPEC competencies (as measured through the IPEC Competency Survey Instrument and through RIPLS – Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale). Moreover, it was clear the students were greatly impacted both personally and professionally by working in collaborative teams with very vulnerable patients/clients in order to make a positive impact during their drug treatment.

This pilot program will now be a condensed 1 semester IPE Special Topics course at CUW and Alverno and will provide more opportunities for students to engage in IPEC competency building in a nontraditional setting. 

Calendar of Events

Inaugural Learning Together at the Nexus: National Centre Summit on the Future of IPE

August 21 - 23, 2016 ~ Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Convened by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education and co-hosted by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC), the summit will consist of inspirational strategic presentations, continuous visioning at the Conversations Café and skills-based workshops centered on developing knowledge and competencies for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Bold IPE priorities are being proposed and we want YOU to be engaged in the refinement of the roadmap in helping us get to the ideal IPE future. Together, we can strategically drive IPE and its role in the health workforce development through the creation of the ideal IPE future. 

Click here to learn more about the summit.

An International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) 2016: Innovating in Education

August 27 - 31, 2016 ~ Barcelona, Spain

The AMEE Conference provides an opportunity for all with an interest in medical and health professions education to meet together to hear about what's new, to share ideas and to network with colleagues from around the world. Over three thousand participants from one hundred countries are expected, bringing with them a rich range of cultural experiences, and making this the largest annual international medical and health professions education conference.

Visit the conference website for more information.

All Together Better Health VIII
8th International Conference on Values - Based Interprofessional Practice and Education

September 6 - 9, 2016 ~ Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

All Together Better Health (ATBH) is the leading global interprofessional practice and education (IPE) conference. The conference brings together providers, health system executives, educators, policymakers and healthcare industry leaders to advance interprofessionalism locally, regionally and worldwide. The 8th edition of the conference will be held in the city of Oxford, and will be hosted jointly by Oxford Brookes University, CAIPE and the University of Oxford.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Collaborative Change Leadership Program 

APPLY NOW for 2016 - 2017 Program!

October 2016 - June 2017
(Five In-Class Sessions)
Toronto, ON

The Collaborative Change Leadership™ (CCL) Program is an accredited, certificate program offered by the University Health Network (UHN) in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE). This advanced leadership program is aimed at senior and high potential leaders in healthcare and health education.  

The goal of the advanced CCL program is to develop people to lead health system transformation and enable socially accountable change in their community.  

Visit the program website for more information, including full details on the application process!

Apply before June 30, 2016!


Canada's Premier Healthcare Simulation Conference
October 6 - 7, 2016 ~ InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada

The 2016 SIM Expo theme – Simulation and Value – will explore the value of simulation for the healthcare community, including return on investment, patient safety, quality of care, and education and training.

For more information, visit the 2016 SIM Expo website, or contact us at For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @WelcometoSIMone and use hashtag #SimExpo2016!

Interprofessional Care Community of Practice (CoP)

October 19, 2016 ~ 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Communities of Practice are groups of people informally bound together by shared expertise or passion, and who come together to share and to learn from one another." - Etienne Wenger

If you wish to attend or present your initiatives at future Community of Practices, please contact Fatima Mimoso at  
Our goal is to spread the word so please forward our contact information and this invitation to any of your associates who may have an interest in joining the CoP.
CoP Co-Chairs:
Dean Lising, Strategy Lead, IPE Curriculum & Collaborative Practice Lead, Centre for IPE, University of Toronto
Sanne Kaas-Mason, Project Manager, Ryerson IPE: Collaborating for Healthy Communities

2016 Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Forum

October 19, 2016 ~ 9:00am - 5:00pm, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Bld, Toronto, ON, Canada

We are very excited to announce that IDEAS will be collaborating with C-QuIPS to host the inaugural Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Forum.
This Forum is taking place just prior to Health Quality Transformation Presents: Quality Matters 2016, Health Quality Ontario's annual conference, to support opportunities for networking and skills development.

This targeted event will bring together IDEAS alumni and members of the broader Quality Improvement and Patient Safety community – particularly those who are actively leading or supporting QI and patient safety practice and academic work.

Please visit the website for more information or email your questions to

Wilson Centre Atelier: Qualitative

October 24 - 27, 2016 ~ Toronto, ON, Canada

Wilson Centre is proud to continue its support of qualitative research in health professions by offering a 4-day intensive program in intermediate level qualitative research. Participants will have the opportunity to hone their research skills in this dynamic and interactive program led by some of the world’s most respected health professions education qualitative researchers.

Please visit the Wilson Centre website for more information. 

Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice Conference

October 28 - 29, 2016 ~ Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The purpose of this conference is to showcase scholarly work and works in progress related to interprofessional education and/or practice.  This conference reflects on innovative implementation and evaluation strategies of the interprofessional competencies.  Educators, clinicians, practitioners, researchers, health system leaders, policymakers, patient organizations, students and other interested stakeholders in the health and social services arena should attend.

Conference details can be found online at

Collaborating Across Borders VI 2017

North America's Premier Interprofessional Healthcare Education and Collaborative Practice Conference
October 1 - 4, 2017 ~ Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Building on the highly successful CAB Conference series (I, II, III, IV, and, V), CAB VI will link educators, researchers, practitioners, students, and patients from Canada and the United States in essential discussions around interprofessional health care education, practice, leadership, and policy in North America. 

For more information, visit the CAB VI 2017 website, or contact
For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter @CABVI2017 and use hashtag #CABVI! 

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