Amy Derochie (MScOT ’16) is the recipient of this year’s “Susan J. Wagner Award for Student Leadership in Interprofessional Education.” This award honours a health profession student at the University of Toronto who demonstrates leadership, dedication, and excellence through promotion and engagement of interprofessional education and care.
With a key interest in promoting the role of the client/consumer, Amy was a member of the team in health profession education. Her research paper focused on the experience of the client/consumer and their understanding of partnering with health care professionals. She and her fellow students on the team, used transcripts of interviews with clients to create a Verbatim Theatre script titled, “Your Partners Will see You Now”, that was subsequently used to create an impactful learning experience for students in many of the health professions. As part of the team, Amy has presented this work at six international and national conferences.
While a student in the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy program, Amy was the representative for her class in the Interprofessional Health Science Student Association (IPHSA). Here she was involved in a variety of activities, including work on expanding the constitution to include students from other professional programs. Amy was also the Interprofessional Education Representative on the Occupational Therapy Student Council, where she guided students in developing IPE elective learning activities.
In addition, Amy served as the University of Toronto’s IPHSA representative on the National Health Science Student Association (NaHSSA), where she collaborated with students across the country and served as the liaison between the national and local University of Toronto association. She also joined the executive council of NaHSSA, where she coordinated and communicated events and initiatives to members across Canada.
We extend our sincere congratulations to Amy for this well-deserved award!