Centre for IPE Newsletter

April 2016 Edition:

Centre Updates

ehpic™ 2016

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

Limited spaces available - APPLY NOW!

June 20 - 24, 2016
St. Andrew's Conference Centre, Toronto, ON

Sponsored by the Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto, this course will enhance your natural leadership abilities to teach excellence in Interprofessional Education (IPE), helping to build an IPE community of leaders in healthcare.

Health professionals interested in IPE and practice are invited to apply.  

Visit the course website for more information, including full details on the application process and abstract requirements.

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 1st, 2016!

Interprofessional Care Community of Practice (CoP)

and Wilson Centre Joint Research Rounds

Please Join Us for this Inaugural Collaboration between the Centre for Interprofessional Education and the Wilson Centre

Monday April 25th, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Toronto General Hospital,
200 Elizabeth St., Eaton Building, 1st Floor, Room 441
(near the East elevators and inside the Health Sciences Library area)

Toronto, ON

  • Evaluation of an intervention to support an interprofessional
    "Speak Up" culture
    presented by Dr. Liane Ginsburg PhD, Associate Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University and Lorna Bain OT Reg. (Ont.), Coordinator: Interprofessional Collaboration and Education, Southlake Regional Health Centre.
  • Promoting ultrasound in undergraduate medical education:
    Truth statements and evidence

    presented by Zac Feilchenfeld, MHPE(c), MD, FRCPC.
If you wish to attend, please contact Mariana Arteaga at by April 25th, 2016!

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

Nominations Open!

The Centre for Interprofessional Education is pleased to announce we are now accepting nominations for our annual Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education.
  • Award of Merit for Excellence - Interprofessional Education Teaching
  • Ivy Oandasan Leadership Award - Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Education
  • Award of Merit for Outstanding Role Modeling of Interprofessional Collaboration for Patient-Centred Care to Learners
  • Susan J. Wagner Award for Student Leadership in Interprofessional Education

Nominations are due by Monday May 2nd, 2016 at 4PM. No late submissions will be considered. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Please review award criteria and submit (1) completed Nomination Form and (1) electronic copy of your nomination package to
Please indicate: Awards Selection Committee in the subject line.

Please feel free to email Belinda if you have any questions or visit our website to see the list of past award recipients. 

IPE Curriculum Updates

Thank You IPE Facilitators!

On behalf of the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto, we would like to extend our gratitude for your support in the IPE Curriculum this year. We sincerely appreciate your commitment, encouragement and guidance to our students, assisting not only in supporting their journey through the interprofessional education curriculum, as well, with the development of the University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Education Curriculum. 

With positive representation of facilitators, as well as the team spirit demonstrated in working toward a common goal, we were able to expose students to interprofessional education, and illustrate that collaboration produces best practice for patient/client care.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Education Curriculum. As a valuable member of our IPE Team, we look forward to seeing you again next year as we welcome the next generation of health practitioners.

News from Your IPE/IPC Community

Certificate Course in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement 

APPLY NOW for 2016 - 2017 Certificate Course!

September 2016 - June 2017
Toronto, ON

The University of Toronto Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) is currently accepting applications to for the 
Certificate Course in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.  

The Certificate Course is aimed at clinicians and administrators whose work relates to patient safety or quality improvement, as well as senior trainees considering a focus on quality improvement for their careers.  The course consists of approximately 60 hours over nine months, covering core concepts in patient safety and methods of quality improvement, using a mixture of didactic lectures, interactive workshop-type sessions, workplace-based exercises and presentations by class participants.  One of the course objectives is the completion of a QI project, though having a QI project identified at the outset is not a prerequisite for participating in this program.

Visit the C-QuIPS website for more information.

Direct all enquiries to Ms. Lisha Lo, 416.813.7654 ext.228513

Apply by 4PM on April 22, 2016!

Student Interprofessional eHealth Award

Award Recipients: Jessica Visentin, and Katherine Steckham, Co-Directors of the University of Toronto's Interprofessional Seniors Outreach Program.

Congratulations to third year Pharmacy student Jessica Visentin and second year medical student Katherine Steckham, Co-Directors of the University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Seniors Outreach Program, recipients of the Canada Health Infoway’s Student Interprofessional eHealth Award. This award is presented to teams of undergraduate students involved in a project that uses technology to enhance patient care within an interprofessional environment.

The Interprofessional Seniors Outreach Program aims to improve the quality of life of isolated seniors within the community and to enhance interprofessional education. Groups of three students from different healthcare faculties are matched to a senior in the community. The program requires student groups to visit their senior throughout the year, participate in an online educational resource, complete a written reflection, and attend a facilitated debrief session. 

During visits, students are exposed to the geriatric syndromes, gain an understanding of how interprofessional teams contribute to the care of seniors in the community, and identify challenges seniors face when accessing the healthcare system. This year, the co-directors implemented the use of an online educational resource to complement the student’s field-based learning and to support collaboration amongst interprofessional team members.

The online component consists of a case study with specific learning objectives and discussion questions. With the help of a facilitator moderating the discussion, each student is responsible for sharing information and resources, posing questions, and developing a care plan for the patient. This platform encourages students to collaborate as an interprofessional team, as well as utilize and support the perspectives of different health professions to propose solutions to the challenges depicted in the case. Furthermore, the discussion will demonstrate how students are capable of assuming diverse roles in their respective interprofessional groups.

As recipients of the award, Jessica and Katherine were provided with the opportunity to partake in the 2016 Canada Health Infoway Peer Leader Symposium. There, they presented an ePoster and had the opportunity to join the conversation about the evolving eHealth landscape through small group learning activities and panel discussions.

The 2016 Student Interprofessional eHealth Award is presented by Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway (centre) to the University of Toronto’s Jessica Visentin, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (left) and Katherine Steckham, Faculty of Medicine (right).

Psycho-social Considerations in Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care: An Interprofessional Approach in Kidney Care Clinic and Hemodialysis

Submitted By: Patricia Martinez, MA, MSW, RSW; Dee Marsden, MSW, RSW; Dr Patricia Chan.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process that takes place over time. Patients at different stages of their illness report feeling less anxious about ACP when the dialogue about it starts early on when they are medically stable and can reflect upon their beliefs, values, meaning of quality of life. Interprofessional team members can support these conversations only when they are able to spend time meeting and working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Patients report that through ACP, they are able to find better ways to appoint their power of attorney and that they feel more comfortable talking about ACP with health care providers familiar to them rather than a complete "stranger". Patients from different cultural backgrounds indicate that the inclusion of others in the conversations helps them to address "death phobic" behaviours and the myths and misconceptions about planning and palliative care. A participatory process helps patients to feel empowered and they, the patients, are the ones deciding what is good for them.

SickKids International Learner Program (ILP): Innovative Partnerships in Learning - The Bermuda Case

Authors: Pietrolungo, L., Swan, K-A., Vandeven, E., Paterson, L.

1SickKids Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada,
2Nursing Education, Bermuda College, Paget, Bermuda.
The International Learner Program (ILP), a recognized leading practice through Accreditation Canada, was established at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as an effort to further advance the hospital’s mission: ‘Healthier Children. A Better World’. As an academic health sciences center, affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is dedicated to advancing paediatric care both nationally, and globally.  
Since 2009, the ILP has received over 200 healthcare professionals from over 40 countries who participated in observational or hands-on learning experiences. The ILP programming and mentorship is customized based on the specific needs of the visiting healthcare professionals, with the aim of advancing knowledge and skills related to paediatric care. The learning model also places focus on knowledge translation, with the goal of creating larger impact within the learners’ home countries.
There is an opportunity to expand upon this educational model as a means to increase the global standard of care in paediatrics, through sharing knowledge and leading practices between countries around the world.
For example, in 2013, the ILP reached an agreement with Bermuda College and Bermuda Hospital, shedding light on the opportunity for collaborative engagement between global healthcare organizations and an academic institution as a strategy to advance paediatric care.  To date, the established long-term agreement has brought 20 Bermudian nursing students to Toronto for tailored paediatric learning placements, as well as 2 paediatric nurses from Bermuda Hospital.
Innovative global partnerships, leveraging existing capacities and resources, have the ability to support governmental mandates and build a nationalized nursing workforce. 

Health Lifestyle Clinic: A collaborative approach to wellness in youth

Submitted By: Carolyn Hay MS, RD

The Healthy Lifestyle Clinic at Michael Garron Hospital is a clinic that was developed in 2004 to help children and adolescents as well as their families lead healthier lifestyles through weight management education. We started off as a small Interprofessional Team, including a Registered Nurse, Paediatrician and Registered Dietitian. The team, although small, worked together to help many children and their families change the trajectory of their weight gain, however we always felt that the team needed to grow. In 2015 our Healthy Lifestyle Clinic was given a wonderful opportunity to expand and become even more interprofessional with the addition of a Social Worker and an Exercise Specialist to complete our team. With this expanded interprofessional and highly collaborative team we have been able to incorporate an often unaddressed social and mental health aspects of obesity. Our program operates in 8 week blocks, during which children/teens and their families attend weekly group sessions. These group classes have attendees participate in an interactive physical activity followed by a fun education session focused on topics such as nutrition, bullying, body image, sleep, etc. Some of our classes are conducted in the community and often involve a trip to the grocery store searching for healthy food options. Participants have even had an opportunity to cook new recipes together. Our team conducts interdisciplinary rounds on a weekly basis to discuss each patient, their goals of care and how we as a team, can best meet their needs. The team is a cohesive group that strives to enable families and children to grow together and lead healthier lives as a family.

Creating a Common Language: Rolling out Sunnybrook's 'Core Competencies for Interprofessional Team Collaboration'

Submitted By: Elizabeth McLaney, Director of Interprofessional Education; Sandra Ellis, Professional & Education Leader for Respiratory Therapy

To create a common language for talking about interprofessional team collaboration, Sunnybrook has created hospital-specific ‘Core Competencies for Interprofessional Team Collaboration’. 

Competencies were created by a working group comprised of education, practice, and organizational development leaders. A reference interview was completed and based on key word and recency criteria, 376 citations resulted. Abstracts were reviewed for applicability and 265 were eliminated. The remaining 111 were divided among working group members for detailed consideration. Each member reviewed 18-19 abstracts and read all relevant articles. They recorded enablers for collaboration which were then grouped by frequency and theme yielding 29 key enablers which were reviewed for organizational relevance. Six competencies resulted (communication, interprofessional conflict resolution, shared decision making, reflection, role clarification & interprofessional values and ethics). A ‘world café’ exercise was conducted to obtain feedback regarding key behaviours associated with each competency, and definitions for 19 behaviours were written and circulated broadly for feedback and approval.

Competencies are now embedded in Sunnybrook’s orientation program, interprofessional grand rounds, interprofessional collaboration showcase, student interprofessional education, and other corporate items. A large scale roll out is in process to provide education about the competencies to existing teams. A fun, collaborative game is included where team members roll the ‘cube of collaboration’ and share stories about how their teams enact the competency shown at the top of the die.

One of our pilot team (K2C and K2E, Veteran’s Centre) members reported “I found the presentation introducing Sunnybrook’s competencies to be entertaining, engaging, informative and empowering" (Larry Jackson, Pharmacist).

Four K2E team members (Left to right: Erin Gross, Music Therapist; Bailey Hollister, Social Worker; Padma Malkapuram, Registered Practical Nurse; Alma Romero,  Registered Nurse) pictured with the ‘Cube of Collaboration’.
Collaboration at our Fingertips - Our Newly Designed Intranet Section
Submitted By: Siobhan Donaghy, Katherine Nazimek, Karen Johansen 


As one of Canada’s largest Academic Health Science Centres, Sunnybrook has developed a robust corporate interprofessional collaboration (IPC) strategy. Appreciating the impact that language and structure play in fostering a culture of IPC, a working group made up of members representing clinical, non-clinical and patient roles, embarked on a redesign of part of our intranet – a vital communication tool used by staff across multiple professions and roles. The group reviewed the current state of the intranet and sought out feedback from users through both staff surveys and focus groups. From this gathered information, themes emerged that included the need for opportunities to foster role clarity and information exchange both within and across professional groups. 

In collaboration with the hospital’s communications team and IPC Advisory Committee members, we redesigned a portion of the intranet to integrate two formerly separated areas: nursing and other health professionals. The new “Health Professionals” hub provides information to clarify professional roles and offers a place for exchange of information across the themes of practice, education and research.

The creation of this new communication hub is a concrete symbol of the organization’s commitment to interprofessional collaboration. We are currently exploring opportunities to integrate a third section used primarily by physicians into the Health Professionals hub.

Confederation College and Lakehead University Collaborate

Submitted By: Stephen Holloway and Justine Jecker

On March 21, 2016 close to 300 students in nine Health and Community Services programs at Confederation College came together to share and learn about Interprofessional Education (IPE).  This was the third year that Confederation College has held such a College-wide event. Students from the Dental Assisting, Social Service Worker, Developmental Service Worker, Personal Support Worker, Dental Hygiene, Recreation Therapy, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Native Child and Family Services and Early Childhood Education programs engaged in a half-day IPE event with the National Interprofessional Competency Framework (CIHC, 2010) as the guiding framework.  Students gathered at Collaboration Stations where they learned about each other’s professions, created a coat of arms to unify their programs under the theme of Quality of Life, and explored interprofessional opportunities through a case study.  Many programs supported this experience with a reflective assignment following the event.

Over the past year, Confederation College Faculty have worked in collaboration with the Lakehead University Interprofessional Education Committee in the sharing of resources and best practices in IPE.  This resulted in the restructuring of the event and the adoption of the National Framework.  This collaboration also saw Justine Jecker, Msc., OT Reg.(Ont.), featured as a guest speaker. Confederation College rotates the leadership of the event through different programs to bring diversity and variety to its IPE events. This year the lead programs were Personal Support Worker and Recreation Therapy, with other participating programs providing input into the development of the event and the content of the case studies used. It was a tremendous success and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Talking about Collaborative Care

Submitted By: Tracy Thiele, RPN, BScPN, MN

Once a year the staff of Klinic come together to talk about issues that are important to our work. Last year we focused on communication and connections, this year we moved forward on another major goal: expanding how we work collaboratively across the organization. Though collaboration is clearly important to us, and a part of the work Klinic staff do every day, developing processes to enhance collaboration across Klinic can be complex due to our size and range of programming. Just getting most of us in the same room requires a year of planning! With close to 200 staff and almost an equal amount of volunteers working actively in Klinic, keeping us all connected is not easy. To be committed to collaborative care, one of our core values under responsiveness, we need to make time to sit and talk about what this really means to our organization.

In recent years the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has had an increased focus on collaborative care, which it defines on their website:
Collaborative Care is when several health providers work together with patients/residents/clients, their families, caregivers and communities to provide high quality care. It involves engaging any health provider whose expertise can help improve the patient/resident/client’s health. When health providers collaborate, new possibilities exist that were not there before.

Dalhousie hosts the National Health Sciences Students' Association Conference

Submitted By: Anne Godden-Webster, M.Sc. (Applied)
Email: Anne.Godden-Webster@Dal.Ca

The Dalhousie Health Sciences Students’ Association (DalHSSA) was pleased to host the National Health Sciences Students’ Association (NaHSSA) conference on March 4-5, 2016.  With a theme of “Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care: Diverse Populations, Diverse Professions and Inclusive, Collaborative Care”, the conference provided about 150 students from across Canada with the opportunity to hear provocative and inspiring speakers, participate in interprofessional team simulation experiences, observe interprofessional student teams from five universities in the National Health Care Team Challenge, describe and learn about exciting projects during the interactive poster presentations, network with students and faculty and experience East Coast hospitality.

The conference occurred right on the heels of a successful Interprofessional Health Week, also organized by DalHSSA.  That week was a mixture of education and fun, and included an evening lecture series, Interprofessional Healthcare Trivia Night and the Dalhousie Health Care Team Challenge. 

To learn more about the NaHSSA conference, read this article from the Dal News. 

Memorial University Supports Exploration of Expansion of Interprofessional Education

Authors: Olga Heath PhD; Brenda Kirby, BVocEd; Jennifer O'Dea, MD, FRCP(c); Adam Reid, MASP


The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), is thrilled to be the recipient of two university funded awards for projects related to the expansion of interprofessional education (IPE). The funding will allow for new partnering with other provincial educational institutions, Regional Health Authorities and community and patient organizations. The need and capacity for provincial IPE programming across the continuum of professional development will be explored with partners. 

CCHPE currently designs, implements and evaluates IPE for students from seven health/social professional training programs (clinical psychology, human kinetics and recreation, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, police studies and social work) along with collaborators from all participating units. 

The adjudication panels of the Teaching and Learning and Public Engagement Accelerator Funds have awarded CCPHE a total of $281,248 to create the partnerships required to explore the feasibility of a comprehensive, provincial, patient-centred IPE program. This project has the potential to enhance interprofessional collaboration training  for current and future health/social care professionals providing frontline care to patients/clients and families in NL. 

CCHPE is proud to have the support of the Deans and Directors of participating programs, internal technical partners, the provincial government, Eastern Health, the College of the North Atlantic and the Community Sector Council in developing the two funding proposals. Dr. Olga Heath, Director of CCHPE comments, “It is a very exciting time for CCHPE as we look ahead to the enhancement of our highly regarded and innovative IPE programming.” 

The University of Michigan Centre for IPE - Interprofessional Leadership Fellows

Submitted By: Rachel Hua, Program Assistant

The University of Michigan (U-M) Center for Interprofessional Education has created a new Interprofessional Leadership Fellows program. The program launched in January 2016 with 15 U-M faculty and 1 staff member representing the School of Dentistry, School of Kinesiology, Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, and School of Health Professions and Studies (Flint satellite campus).

The program will provide fellows with opportunities to learn from and work with academic and practice leaders at the university and national level. It is designed to build their capacity as interprofessional educator scholars, as well as effective leaders and change agents.

During the 18-month program, participants will attend one of several national Interprofessional Faculty Development Program workshops, developed with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

“These three-and-a-half day trainings will expose our faculty to a national network of peers and leaders,” says Frank Ascione, Director of the Michigan Center for IPE. “The scope of our engagement, and our commitment to developing faculty change agents, will also help position the university as an emerging leader in interprofessional education.”

In addition to the national trainings, fellows participate in a campus-based interprofessional learning community facilitated by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.

Throughout the program fellows will develop and implement interprofessional education or practice projects in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. The center anticipates naming a second cohort of fellows in early 2017.

Community Homeless Inter-Professional Program (CHIP) at Wayne State University

Submitted By: Gregory, I.A., Jenkins, A.M., Lang, S.D., Bowers, C., Gortney, J., Mendez, J.

In every major city, you may observe someone who is battling homelessness. To alleviate some of the struggles the homeless experience, three of Wayne State University’s colleges have united to provide services to the homeless population of Detroit. In March of 2014, the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and social work collaborated to provide basic health screens, medication review and housing referrals to the underserved. The clinic is also equipped to provide clients with dental and physical therapy referrals as well as basic OTC medication including analgesics and antihistamines.

Located at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit, the Community Homeless Inter-professional Program (CHIP) meets the third Sunday of every month. Following breakfast and mass, patients with identified needs meet with a team of student volunteers. Since the program’s inception, the clinic has served 149 clients. Of those interviewed, 80% were male, 8% female and 12% had no recorded gender. Clients seen were primarily African American (87.9%), Caucasian (6%), other (3.4%) and no race listed (2.7%). The average age of clients seen is 51.8 years old.

Despite limited care, the program has proven to be beneficial to both the homeless and students. Student surveys have shown improved attitudes towards homeless persons and increased comfort working in inter-professional teams. Clients surveyed show high levels of satisfaction and gratitude for the services provided.

This unique interaction continues to provide a foundation for collaborative practice between disciplines. For more information on inter-professional collaboration from the CHIP, please visit:

Improving the interprofessional assessment of service users and communication between healthcare providers in the Western Cape, South Africa: A case study

Authors: Muller, J., Felix, R., Liebenberg, H., Snyman, S.

1Centre for Health Professions Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 
2Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosh University, South Africa, 
3Cape Winelands Health District, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, South Africa.
With the objective of improving holistic, interprofessional person-centred care, Stellenbosch University’s Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health and the Cape Winelands Health District have been collaborating to foster greater interdependence and give effect to the vision of Healthcare 2030 (Western Cape Department of Health, 2014; Frenk et al., 2010). The collaboration started with a series of interprofessional workshops, during which the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) was used as a common language and interprofessional approach to assess the needs of service users (Snyman, Von Pressentin & Clarke, 2015). This resulted in the development of a continuity-of-care form based on the ICF framework with the aim to facilitate interprofessional collaboration.

The form was successfully piloted as part of the interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum for undergraduate students, preceptors and service providers and aided effective referral. The form was subsequently also modified into an interprofessional evaluation tool, since it is often not possible for face-to-face interprofessional collaboration in rural areas. The one-page ICF-based tool includes a body chart and sections to record interprofessional assessment, person-centred goal setting, management, continuity-of-care and outcome measures.

This initiative was a great encouragement for participants. Their interprofessional evaluation tool was accepted and endorsed by the Western Cape Government Health Rural Rehabilitation Forum, enabling public health care practitioners across the province access to utilise this evaluation tool in their places of work. Our hope is that this will continue to foster interprofessional, person-centred care and improved continuity-of-care across the Western Cape. 

Frenk, J., Chen, L., Bhutta, Z.A., Cohen, J., Crisp, N., Evans, T., Fineberg, H., Garcia, P., Ke, Y., Kelley, P., Kistnasamy, B., Meleis, A., Naylor, D., Pablos-Mendes, A., Reddy, S., Scrimshaw, S., Sepulveda, J. and Serwadda, D., 2010. Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world: The Lancet, 376:1923-1958.

Snyman, S., Von Pressentin, K.B. & Clarke, M., 2015. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: Catalyst for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(4), pp.313–319. Available at:

Western Cape Department of Health, 2014. Healthcare 2030: The Road to Wellness, Available at:

Calendar of Events

Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) 2016

April 16 - 19, 2016 ~ Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Please visit the conference website for more information.

Interprofessional Care Community of Practice and Wilson Centre Joint Research Rounds

April 25, 2016 ~ 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Toronto General Hospital, Eaton North 1st Floor, Room 441, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


If you wish to attend, please contact Mariana Arteaga at by April 25th, 2016!

BETTER TOGETHER: Collaborating for Excellence in Care

April 27, 2016 ~ Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This inaugural conference will examine the important and how-to of interprofessional collaboration as a means to support the health of our population. This conference targets healthcare professionals who work with children or adults in all settings and allows for networking and interactive learning, while developing community partnerships.

Join us as we raise awareness and explore strategies for intentional collaboration and partnerships.


Please contact for more information.

The 6th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference

May 6 - 7, 2016 ~ PLi Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This year’s theme is Healthcare Technology: Innovation and Barriers to Implementation. The conference will take a closer look at the impact of technology on clinical care, health behaviours, and social determinants of health.

Buy your tickets now for a chance to win a free gift card! Meals will be provided, and students register at a highly discounted rate.

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and visit our website for more information!

Interprofessional Care Community of Practice and Wilson Centre Joint Research Rounds

May 16, 2016 ~ 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Toronto General Hospital, Eaton North 1st Floor, Room 441, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Please contact
 for more information.

Wilson Centre Atelier: Fundamentals

May 16 - 19, 2016 ~ Toronto, ON, Canada

This 4-day intensive program on the essentials of HPE research is a dynamic and interactive program led by Wilson Centre Scientists with expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and representing diverse theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological perspectives. The atelier will help you refine your HPE research interests and develop a foundational understanding of HPE research principles, methodologies and applications.

Please visit the Wilson Centre website for more information. 

IPC on the Run: What's in your wallet?

Live Webinar
Presented by: Donna Drynan
May 18, 2016 ~ 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST

After several years of successfully delivering a series of workshops to facilitate the incorporation of interprofessional collaboration (IPC) into practice, an interprofessional group of faculty developed an abridged version using online technology. Based on the Canadian Interprofessional Competency Framework, the series includes one module for each of the competency domains and a module that reviews evidence for IPC.

The ‘IPC on the Run’ online module series uses short, user-friendly, online modules to facilitate improved collaboration in the clinical setting by a wide range of health professions. It is cost effective, sustainable and flexible. It can be used as a standalone interprofessional learning opportunity or to enhance other interprofessional continuing professional development. Participants are encouraged to attend this session with personal smart phones, tablets, and web-based devices for maximum participation during this hands on and highly interactive learning opportunity. Teaching collaborative skills? What’s in your wallet?

Email Christina Graves at  to register and receive the log-in details.

Interprofessional Care Community of Practice (CoP)

May 25, 2016 ~ 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 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

The Brian D. Hodges Symposium

May 27, 2016 ~ BMO Education & Conference Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

The event known previously as ‘THESIS’ will be replaced with a new annual event called the ‘Brian D. Hodges Symposium’. We are very honoured to welcome Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D. as our keynote speaker, Arno Kumagai, M.D. as our discussant and Fred Hafferty, PhD as our Roving Scholar. Included in our exciting agenda is an opportunity to interact with numerous Wilson Centre scientists, researchers, fellows, and other community members in an after lunch ‘think-tank’ networking and brainstorming session - group themes will include Social Sciences & Medicine, Learning & Instruction, Globalization, and Assessment & Evaluation. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please visit the Wilson Centre website for more information. 
For further enquiries or to register please contact Cheryl Ku at

Narrative Healthcare Atelier & Certificate Program
Canada's First Advanced Training Seminar in Narrative-based Healthcare for Health Practitioners and Educators Across Clinical Disciplines.
June 3 - 6, 2016 ~ Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

Explore and reflect critically on your clinical practices, challenges, personal and professional growth as health providers using narrative, storytelling and arts-based learning. This 4 day workshop is designed to help you improve outcomes and to humanize your experiences within complex healthcare contexts. Themes related to relationship-centered care, professionalism, team collaboration and the hidden curriculum will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry.

This intensive, interactive atelier will apply narrative theory and reflective practice in the contexts of interprofessional patient-centred healthcare, research and education. It aims to: enliven your engagement and collaboration as clinicians and educators from all disciplines; support best practices as teachers, clinicians and lifelong learners; transform the paradigm of your daily professional practice with a renewed commitment to the core values of humanistic healthcare.

For more information about the Narrative Atelier Program (including the 4-Day Schedule) and the Certification in Narrative-based Healthcare, or to register, please visit the event website or contact Ms. Connie Kim at

Sunnybrook's 7th Annual Interprofessional Collaboration Showcase

June 15, 2016 ~ Toronto, ON, Canada


This event celebrates excellence in team learning and collaborative care - at Sunnybrook & beyond!  There are keynote and invited speakers, podium presentations, collaborative learning activities, and a poster fair. The Showcase is an opportunity for networking among likeminded colleagues, idea sharing, and creating new opportunities for collaborative initiatives!

ehpic™ 2016

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

Limited spaces available - APPLY NOW!

June 20 - 24, 2016
St. Andrew's Conference Centre, Toronto, ON

Sponsored by the Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto, this course will enhance your natural leadership abilities to teach excellence in Interprofessional Education (IPE), helping to build an IPE community of leaders in healthcare.

Health professionals interested in IPE and practice are invited to apply.  

Visit the course website for more information, including full details on the application process and abstract requirements.

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

August 21 - 23, 2016 ~ 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 1st, 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.

NOW ACCEPTING presentation and activity submissions. 
View the 2016 SIM Expo Presentation & Activity Submission Guidelines.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 3, 2016.

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!

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.

Call for Abstracts
Abstracts will be considered for peer paper–in progress, peer paper-completed, workshops, and posters.
The deadline for submission is Monday, May 2, 2016

Abstract guidelines and conference details can be found online at

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