Centre for IPE Newsletter

December 2016 Edition:

Centre Updates

On behalf of the team at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, wishing all of our colleagues near and far, a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season!

IPE Curriculum Updates

Winter 2017 Learning Activities - Facilitators Needed
For those that are interested in facilitating one of our upcoming learning activities and have not set up a facilitator account on the IPE Management System, please follow the instructions below to get started.

To register as a facilitator, please follow the steps below:
  1. Connect to
  2. Select the "Facilitator" tab towards the upper right-hand corner; a small drop-down menu will appear
  3. Select "Account Request" and complete the form
  4. Your request will be approved at the CIPE within 48 hours
  5. Upon approval, you will receive an automatic email to confirm your email address
  6. Log in!
Upon approval from CIPE, you will then be able to register to facilitate any of our upcoming sessions!

We are continuously recruiting facilitators for our Winter 2017 learning activities:

Understanding Patient/Client Partnerships
Date:  Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Time:  3:00pm  - 6:00pm
Location:  University of Toronto, St. George Campus – specific location to be confirmed at a later date
Description:  Students will explore patient/client partnerships by engaging in a script developed by the University of Toronto faculty and students in partnership with clinical practitioners, patient/clients and families. They will have the opportunity to work with a health mentor and facilitator to discuss and analyze the scenes from the script. Students will delve deep into the script by reading the scenes and reviewing discussion questions.
Conflict in Interprofessional Life
Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Time:  4:45pm - 7:15pm
Location:  Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St.)
Description: Conflict in Interprofessional Life was developed for advanced health science students. It is designed to reinforce that conflict is a natural part of our working life and influences our ability to make good decisions. Although conflict can be expected in the workplace, we have a professional responsibility to learn to engage conflict effectively, and with composure. An individual’s ability to manage conflict affects how an interprofessional team will function.
Case-Based Palliative Care
Date:  Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Time:  5:00pm – 7:30pm
Location:  University of Toronto, St. George Campus – specific location to be confirmed at a later date
Description:  The educational context for this facilitated activity is a simulated “interprofessional team meeting” during which each learner represents his or her respective profession. By participating in and contributing in this interprofessional team meeting, the intended outcome for the learners is a sense of preparedness for a subsequent “patient/client/family meeting” involving a patient/client with advanced disease, in this case, advanced cancer.
Dying and Death
Date:  Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Time:  5:00pm – 8:30pm  (dinner to be served)
Location:  St. Patrick's Parish, McCaul Street, Toronto
Description:  Students and facilitators share a meal together in this introduction to dying and death. This activity includes a didactic overview of the physical, psycho-social and spiritual considerations. Students then participate in facilitated interprofessional group discussion regarding a case.
Conflict in Interprofessional Life
Date:  Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Time:  1:30pm - 4:00pm
Location:  Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St.)
Description:  Conflict in Interprofessional Life was developed for advanced health science students. It is designed to reinforce that conflict is a natural part of our working life and influences our ability to make good decisions. Although conflict can be expected in the workplace, we have a professional responsibility to learn to engage conflict effectively, and with composure. An individual’s ability to manage conflict affects how an interprofessional team will function.

News from Your IPE/IPC Community

Bridgepoint, Sinai Health System offered its inaugural IPE structured placement contextualized around Patient Centred Care.
Submitted By: Charles Shorrock, Patient Advisor, Janice Hon, OT Reg. (Ont.), Georgi Geogievski, HBSC, MSW(c), Hamideh Zakeri, MEng, Robyn Davies, BHScPT, MAppSc


What did this look like?

  • Students from clinical (social work, nursing, pharmacy) and non-clinical roles (environmental services, project management) attended four weekly small group tutorials
  • A different patient attended each week to share their story
  • Post patient story, which was contextualized around a different IP competency (including role clarification, communication and conflict), students explored the elements of patient centred care that they heard in the stories
  • Interprofessional facilitators from OT, PT and Patient Advisor
  • Students given space to reflect on their own practice
What was the student experience?

The structured IPE placement at Bridgepoint offered the students who participated in it an experience that encapsulated much of the values and strengths that make Bridgepoint a unique healthcare community.  From the first day of the placement I found a room of students from every profession in the hospital - nursing staff, environmental services, project management; patient stories that highlighted the importance of the values that Bridgepoint is built on – community, recovery, and patient-driven care; and lessons that will help me grow as a clinician and a human.  One of the most significant lessons that I will take away from this is the importance of being human.  In a system that can so often be dehumanizing, it is the most human of interactions – saying hello to a patient in the hallway every morning or telling a patient how their story has affected you – that allows them to feel cared for and to heal. (George, SW)

IPE sessions fostered a culture of respect and trust among professionals from diverse backgrounds, and facilitated communication between students, practitioners, and patients. Providing an environment that empowered all to share their opinion and expertise on various healthcare related topics, promoted thinking from a broader perspective and improved skills required to make meaningful relationships, collaborate, and work through conflict positively and constructively in order to find optimal solutions and be able to meet complex patients’ needs. IPE sessions helped peers gain more confidence in their roles, understand their professions in relation to others, and last but not least, develop a sense of appreciation for each other’s contribution in healthcare system. (Hamideh, Project Management)

What was the facilitator experience?

The placement provided an opportunity for the students to hear directly from patients on what matters the most to them in their health care journey, from acute care to rehab to community.  Through the activities and discussions, it was wonderful to see that the students were able to draw connections on how each clinical and non-clinical role can contribute to improving patients’ experience in the hospital. (Janice, OT)

One of the biggest things that I have taken away from this experience that applies to the work I do every day is the importance of helping people see the value of their contribution to the team. Having a mix of clinical and non-clinical professions in the sessions, connecting everyone’s role back to the patient became an important part of the conversation.

Giving people a dedicated time and place to learn about and reflect on each other’s practice benefits everyone at Bridgepoint – patients and staff. It helps to create better integrated teams that then provide better care. Charles (Facilitator, Patient Advisor)

Using a Team Assessment Tool to Conduct a Meeting Evaluation for Sunnybrook’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) Committee
Submitted by:  Sandi Ellis, Professional & Education Leader for Respiratory Therapy; Diana Goliss, Organizational Development & Leadership Associate; Elizabeth McLaney, Director of Interprofessional Education

Sunnybrook’s IPE Committee wanted to complete a meeting evaluation. We looked at traditional meeting evaluation questions and decided they did not fully capture what we wanted to explore. The IPE Committee includes representation from 21 professions including Organizational Development & Leadership (OD&L), and Diana Goliss (OD&L Associate) came up with an innovative idea: ‘What if we took the interprofessional team assessment tool we are using for work teams and applied it to ourselves as an IPE Committee?’ And this is what we decided to do!

The Sunnybrook team assessment explores our 6 core competencies for interprofessional team collaboration: communication, conflict resolution, shared decision making, role clarification, reflection, and values & ethics. The assessment was written for both clinical and non-clinical teams so the majority of items applied to a committee context without much interpretation. Two questions did require some ‘artistic license’ in order to be applicable, and explanation was provided for these.

The results of the meeting evaluation showed that while the committee rated itself high on communication, shared decision making, and values & ethics, we rated ourselves lower on reflection and role clarification (the same competencies where we are tending to see clinical teams identify opportunities for growth).

Based on the team assessment, the IPE Committee has identified that we will add reflection time to our agenda and build in opportunities for each committee member to share more about their role, the area they come from and, what they see as the strengths and connections they can contribute to the committee.

So it worked! Our conclusion is that some great results and action plans can come from using an interprofessional team assessment to complete a meeting evaluation.

Cancer Rehabilitation & Exercise: An Interprofessional Strategy towards Comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Care
Submitted by: Daniel Santa Mina, RKin PhD; Stephanie Phan, OT; Eugene Chang, MD; Aleksandra Chafranskaia, PT MHSc; Jennifer Jones; PhD

For individuals diagnosed with cancer, disease and treatment-related sequelae significantly compromise physical and psychosocial wellbeing.  Many cancer-related impairments may persist for months or years while others do not appear until well after the treatment has ended. With improvements in cancer control, the number of people living with cancer-related impairments is increasing with a concomitant need for services in this area. Challenges to addressing cancer-related impairments lie within their inherent diversity combined with individual differences and comorbidities. Accordingly, an equally diverse team is required to provide appropriately targeted care.  

The Cancer Rehabilitation and Exercise Program (CaRE) at the Princess Margaret comprises of an extensive interprofessional team to provide comprehensive cancer rehabilitation. Patients undergo an initial assessment by a combination of physiatry and physiotherapy or occupational therapy and are subsequently triaged to community-based programming, hospital-based rehabilitation for severe impairments, or into the Princess Margaret CaRE programs.  Patients proceeding through CaRE programming meet with a kinesiologist to undergo a fitness assessment and receive an individualized 8-week multidimensional cancer rehabilitation program which included exercise and psychoeducational skill building classes to be completed at home (CaRE@Home) or in a group setting (CaRE@ELLICSR). The exercise program is delivered by a kinesiologist and a physiotherapist, and is paired with educational seminars on topics salient to the survivorship experience, delivered by colleagues from occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, and psychology (currently only available in CaRE@ELLICSR). Beyond the clinical team, CaRE works closely with patient education and researchers to advance accessibility and understanding of the program. Our interprofessional team ensures that many, if not all, cancer-related impairments receive the appropriate treatment to improve quality of life.  


The Odette Cancer Centre Gets to Know Each Other
Submitted by: Paul Jovenes Lokko, Project Coordinator; Angela Leahey, Professional Lead - Oncology Nursing; Lisa Di Prospero, MSc, MRT(T); Tracey DasGupta, RN, Director of Interprofessional Practice; Elizabeth McLaney, Director of Interprofessional Education


Back in 2015, Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre explored how to enhance the patient and family experience during the cancer journey. Four strategic priorities emerged from discussions with staff, patients and caregivers. One of these priorities focused on staff developing a better understanding of each other’s roles in order to build a collective capacity to fluidly meet the needs of patients and their families.

In addressing this need, the ‘Get to Know You’ Open House was created. Staff from 21 departments showcased what they do and how they contribute to patient care. Even Odette’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee was well represented and garnered much interest. The event accommodated just over 400 attendees which created a fun, energy-filled atmosphere where employees connected and learned from each other. Departments designed creative displays and interactive demonstrations about their roles and expertise.

Each attendee received a passport card which contained a series of questions to gauge their learning and experience. The event was rated a 4.7 out of 5 and all respondents indicated that they developed a better understanding of other professions and how they fit within the patient care continuum.

This event’s success was a result of the concerted efforts of the planning team and the eclectic mix of staff who attended. It underscored the value of collaboration and role clarity which are essential to providing a common language between staff and setting the expectation for how they will work together. It set in motion a cultural transformation towards interprofessional harmony.

Lakeridge Health Celebrates Interprofessional Week with Health Care Themed Escape Rooms
Submitted by:  Carrie Bronson and the Interprofessional Practice Team at Lakeridge Health


This past September, Lakeridge Health celebrated its 3rd Annual Interprofessional Week. The week-long event is dedicated to celebrating the incredible interprofessional teams that work at Lakeridge Health.

Latching on to the current popularity of Escape Rooms and the success of the Health Care Team Challenge held at Canadian universities, the idea (proposed by our wonderful Bronwen Carling), was to challenge interprofessional teams throughout the hospital with solving a patient case using an interprofessional lens and “Escape the Room.”

The Senior Management Team loved the idea and endorsed the event by shooting a promotional video to build up excitement. Their support and leadership was evident throughout the week encouraging their teams to participate.

During the event, interprofessional teams of 3-5 people challenged themselves to escape from one of three themed rooms, The Fracture Factory, Blood Bank, and the Radiation Room.


Inside the rooms, team members were challenged to collaboratively solve a patient case by identifying and utilizing 11 different health care professionals to do so. 

The escape rooms travelled to all Lakeridge Health sites where monetary prizes were awarded to the fastest team at each site.

Another exciting activity during the week was “Collaboration Kudos”, where interprofessional teams were encouraged to complete a video submission to publicly recognize the great work of another interprofessional team. This was a wonderful way to say “Thank You” to other great interprofessional teams in the hospital dedicated to providing the best patient care.

Lakeridge Health looks forward to celebrating Interprofessional Week again in 2017 which will be even more exciting with the addition of the Ajax/Pickering hospital to Lakeridge Health.

Collaborating Across Borders VI: Call for Abstracts
October 1-4, 2017 | Banff, Alberta, Canada

Collaborating Across Borders VI (CAB VI) is a joint conference linking Canada and the United States on issues related to interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP). CAB VI continues the tradition of focusing on advances in interprofessional education, leadership, research, practice, and policy in North America and includes presentations relevant for all audiences. The conference will feature best practices, showcase theoretical models, evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned, and provide a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking.
Call for Abstracts
Deadline for abstract submissions: January 20, 2017 (11:59 pm MST). All abstracts must be submitted online. The abstract submission website will open on December 1, 2016.

The following broad themes have been chosen for CAB VI in order to encourage a wide range of abstracts with the focus on improving health outcomes.
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice
  • Policy
Presentation Types
Submissions can be made for the following presentation types.
  • Symposia/Panel presentations
  • Oral presentations
  • Interactive posters
  • Interactive workshops/Hands-on
  • Discussion groups
Call for Pre-conference Workshops
October 1, 2017 | Banff, Alberta, Canada

The Program Committee for Collaborating Across Borders VI (CAB VI) is pleased to invite proposals for pre-conference workshops to be held on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Sunday evening marks the opening reception for the  conference. Pre-conference workshops are designed to offer a variety of academic intensive sessions providing extended opportunities for collaborative/hands-on experiences on a topic of interest to conference attendees or an opportunity for interaction around an emerging issue related to interprofessionalism. These workshops are open to all full-conference participants for an additional fee.

For more information:
To sign up for updates on this conference:

Call for abstracts view here
Call for Pre-Conference Workshops view here

ehpic™ at Arizona State University
Submitted by: Jinnette R. Senecal, M.Ed.

Across three beautiful days in September, a diverse group of faculty members, clinicians, and healthcare administrators in the Phoenix metro area came together to learn and to explore shared goals for healthcare transformation. This unique group represented individuals across nearly a dozen health professions from six universities and nine healthcare organizations.

This custom three-day ehpic™ event was hosted by ASU’s recently launched Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research (CAIPER). The CAIPER team worked closely in planning with the University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education team in order to focus on two primary goals for the course: first, for educators and practitioners to learn together about current advances and research in teamwork and collaboration; and second, to identify timely and meaningful opportunities to work together on team-based initiatives to improve student preparation for teamwork and to improve clinical processes of care and quality outcomes.  

Gerri Lamb, PhD and Director of CAIPER, kicked off the event by telling attendees, “Each of you is here because you have been nominated and recommended as leaders of interprofessional practice and education – and people who are in key positions to influence practice transformation through teamwork and collaboration. YOU are the changemakers.”  

From the very first moments of the event, attendees took this charge to heart and applied tremendous energy and openness into every discussion and activity. As one attendee summarized, “Considering the competitive environment in healthcare, I was impressed and encouraged by the level of transparency as participants shared and explored barriers and opportunities.”
By the end of day three, attendees had generated more than 100 creative ideas for collaborative education and practice projects, and expressed strong interest in participating in an ongoing collaborative learning network, to be convened by CAIPER in early 2017.

Calendar of Events

ehpic™ 2017

Advancing the Future of Healthcare through Interprofessional Learning
A Certificate Course for Health Professionals, Educators & Leaders

June 19 - 23, 2017

St. Andrew's Conference Centre, Toronto, ON Canada

Please visit for information and to apply!

Deadline to apply is April 5, 2017!
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! 

4th International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions
August 25 - 27, 2017, Helsinki, Finland 
This conference is featured as a part of AMEE 2017 Helsinki.

Conference Theme
  • Faculty Development: Affirming Global Connections and Advancing Diversity
  • Abstracts related to the conference theme, as well as faculty development innovations, research, and scholarship, will be accepted for workshops, symposia, oral presentations and posters.
Conference Goals
  • Bring together international faculty development leaders/educators in the academic health sciences
  • Share best practices and current research in faculty development
  • Foster a global community of leaders and educators in the field
Abstracts are welcomed for Oral Presentation; Mounted Poster Presentation; Either Oral Presentation or Mounted Poster Presentation; or Conference Workshop. Deadline for submissions is Midnight UK Time - January 5, 2017. Click here for more details and to submit an abstract, click here

For more information, visit the AMEE website or contact
AMEE 2017 Helsinki
August 26 - 30, 2017 - Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland

Featuring the 4th International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions, August 25 - 27, 2017

Participate in AMEE 2017 in Helsinki and:
  • Critically review current and future trends in curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessment and education management
  • Examine developments in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education 
  • Explore a fundamentally new approach to medicine and the training of doctors
  • Share your experience and present your work as a short communication, poster, workshop or in one of the other novel presentation formats
  • Network with others with similar interests
For more information, download the AMEE 2017 promotional flyer or visit the AMEE 2017 Helsinki website, or contact

For the latest updates, visit AMEE on Twitter , Instagram, or Facebook
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