Effective Interprofessional collaboration has been regarded as an essential component to the delivery high quality client-centred health care. To prepare collaborative practice ready health care professionals, the University of Toronto has implemented an Interprofessional education curriculum for all students enrolled in health science programs (Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medical Radiation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Social Work and Speech-Language Pathology). Occasionally, students from other programs and universities/colleges join to enrich and broaden the learning experience for University of Toronto students.
“Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.”
-World Health Organization, 2010
Core competencies addressed in the IPE curriculum focus on collaboration, communication and foundational values and ethics. For students in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, the IPE curriculum requirements are fully integrated into OCT1190Y – Building Practice through Mentorship. Upon completion of the IPE curriculum, students will receive a letter of completion that can be incorporated into the professional portfolio.
Learning opportunities include:
1. Requisite core learning activities (outlined in the OCT1190Y course syllabus).
2. Elective learning activities (described on the UT Interprofessional Education IPE Program/Curriculum Blackboard organizational site). Minimum elective requirements are also identified in the course syllabus.
3. Students are encouraged to participate in the Interprofessional Healthcare Students’ Association (IPHSA), a group of student representatives from the various health profession departments and faculties who are interested in engaging in and promoting Interprofessional education.
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