Centre for IPE Newsletter                                                   February/March 2009 Edition                                                      Volume 18

                       Office of IPE Located



Med West Medical Centre

750 Dundas St. West,

Suite 3-302,

Post Office Box 18

Toronto, Ontario

M6J 3S3


TEL: 416-603-5800 X 2577

FAX: 416-603-5580



Ivy Oandasan


Belinda Vilhena


Faculty Lead: Curriculum and Placements

Susan Wagner


Faculty Lead: Assessment

Brian Simmons



Faculty Lead: Strategic Directions for IPE Clinical Settings
Lynne Sinclair


Faculty Lead: IPE Preceptorship & Facilitation

Mandy Lowe


Faculty Lead: Evaluation

Kathryn Parker


Project Manager: Strategic Planning for IPE Clinical Settings

Aleksandra Walczak

Financial Analyst
Angela Elia

IPC Special Projects Coordinator
Doreen Day


Research Associate

Oshan Fernando


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Updates on the IPE Curriculum for 2009


The content of the curriculum is continuing to be developed. Currently, initiatives are focusing upon:

  • Palliative Care Case-Based Session
  • Conflict in Interprofessional Life for all professional groups
  • IPE Component in a Clinical Placement
  • Global Health

As well, assessment and evaluation of the curriculum and IPE faculty leadership sessions are in development. 


A meeting of all Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education was held on December 16, 2008 to discuss the IPE component in a clinical placement.  Discussion focused on integrating an assessment of this component into the uni-professional placement grading.  Regular meetings will be held in 2009 to continue to develop this key component of the curriculum with this important group that is knowledgeable and passionate about clinical education.


Dying & Death 2009 Session


Many thanks goes out to all of the students, facilitators, organizers and volunteers of this years ‘Dying and Death: Psychosocial, Physical and Spiritual Issues for Health Care Professionals’, session.  It was a very successful evening with over 150 student and facilitator participants from the disciplines of Chaplaincy, Dentistry, Medical Radiation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, and Speech Language Pathology.  The speakers were very engaging, and the group discussion thoughtful and productive.  We look forward to the next session.



Caption: Dying and Death 2009 Speakers (from left to right) Dr. Jeff Myers, Dr. Douglas Daher, Rev. Jan Kraus.


IPC Community of Practice


The next IPE Community of Practice will take place Wednesday April 22nd, 5-7:30pm at 500 University Ave, room TBA.  If you would like to attend please RSVP to Doreen Day.

HeathForceOntario Updates


Interprofessional care and education is a cornerstone of the HealthForceOntario strategy. In their spring 2007 newsletter, they introduced the evidence for the benefits of interprofessional care and presented their initial work in this area. They are excited to return to this topic with an update on the significant work that has been accomplished.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is the adage helping to fuel two projects aimed at making better use of healthcare professionals' skills and talents for the benefit of patients.


"We are forging meaningful partnerships by using carrots instead of sticks," says Jackie Schleifer Taylor, a co-chair of HealthForceOntario's IPC Strategic Implementation Committee.


Teri-Lynn Christie learned the value of teamwork from working in the critical care unit at the North Bay General Hospital for 15 years.


Health sciences students at 15 Ontario colleges and universities now have interprofessional education advocates on campus promoting IPC inside and outside the classroom.


The Interprofessional Care Strategic Implementation Committee is leading the implementation of interprofessional care in Ontario.


Evidence shows that interprofessional care improves patient care and provider job satisfaction. That's why the HealthForceOntario strategy is supporting new interprofessional care projects through two funds.


To find out more about HealthForceOntario’s initiatives, programs and funding visit




Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education


This winter JRIPE brings a new focus to the dissemination of knowledge in interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice, providing authors, readers, and users of IPE research with an open access venue.


For complete details on JRIPE’s focus please visit their website at 




Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education


The Centre for Interprofessional Education (OIPE) - University of Toronto has established Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education which recognize:


·          Excellence in Interprofessional Education Teaching

·          Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Education

·          Outstanding Team Role Modeling Interprofessional Care


Nominations are open to Educators/Preceptors affiliated with the University of Toronto who have had teaching or supervisory responsibilities directly with University of Toronto students.  


The OIPE is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Awards of Merit for Excellence in Interprofessional Education.  


Nominations are due by Tuesday March 31, 2009 at noon.  No late submissions will be considered.


Please submit:

5 copies of your nomination package:


By Mail/Courier or In Person to: The Office Of Interprofessional Education, Awards Selection Committee, 750 Dundas St. W., 3-302, Toronto, ON  M6J 3S3


For more information on award criteria and required nomination materials please see visit our website or contact Belinda Vilhena or 416-603-5800 x6087.




Collaborative Change Leadership: Enabling Interprofessional Care in your Organization


A Certificate Course for Health Professionals ~Toronto, Ontario

March 2009 - February 2010 (5 in-class sessions)


The course is funded by a grant from HealthForceOntario’s Interprofessional Care and Education Fund.

It will be offered at no cost to eligible participants from Ontario.  Enrolment is now closed!


For more information please visit our website or contact the Course Coordinator Belinda Vilhena




Interprofessional Education Faculty Development ehpic 2009

Advancing the Future of Healthcare Through Learning

A certificate course for Health Professionals

June 22 - 26, 2009


The University of Toronto, Conference Centre

89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


To register for the course please visit the attached link


Applications are due by March 30th, 2009


For more information:


Contact the Course Coordinator, Belinda Vilhena or for more information




2009 Call for Fellowships


The EXecutive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) program is a strategic activity of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) to give health system managers across Canada the skills to better use research in their day-to-day work, as a way to increase evidence-based decision-making in the health system.


Admission criteria have been expanded to allow participation by interdisciplinary teams and to allow up to four additional Fellows from government ministries or departments. There are five ways for policy and decision makers to apply to EXTRA:


As individuals


  • as an individual nurse, physician, or other health-service executive in a senior leadership position in a direct-care-delivery organization;


  • as an individual policy maker in a senior leadership position in a government ministry or department with significant responsibilities for linkages to providers of direct care and delivery of services;


As teams


·        as part of an interdisciplinary team of nurse, physician and/or other health-service executive in a direct-care-delivery organization;

·        as part of a team of policy makers in a government ministry or department involved in implementing healthcare policy as part of their duties and who have a working relationship with direct healthcare providers; or

·        as part of an interdisciplinary team involving both policy makers and direct-care decision makers in leadership positions.


Results will be announced May 1, 2009.


For additional information on the program, visit CHSRF's EXTRA (a Guide for Applicants is available on the website)For details on the Ontario component go to OTC-EXTRA.




Apply now - December 2008 launch of the revitalized Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) program


CIHR is pleased to announce the launch of the revitalized Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) program. PHSI funds teams of decision makers and researchers to conduct applied and policy-relevant health services and systems research up to three years in length. Exciting improvements have been made to the program including increased funding, expanded areas of eligible research, the elimination of the letter of intent stage, and a new opportunity that provides up to $15,000 in PHSI partnership development funds (these funds are provided through the Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant: PHSI, which is available three times per year in April, June and December).


Who should apply? Decision makers and researchers interested in working together to improve health services and the health system are encouraged to apply.


The PHSI funding opportunity will be launched in mid-December 2008 with an application deadline of April 15, 2009.


For more information click here





A New Funding Opportunity to Provide Rapid Response on Decision Maker Priorities – apply now!


Expedited Knowledge Synthesis is part of CIHR’s new Evidence on Tap pilot initiative, which aims to support the production of high-quality, timely, and accessible evidence for provincial decision makers to support them in health system policy development, planning and program implementation. Expedited Knowledge Synthesis is a competition that awards researchers up to $110,000 to produce a knowledge synthesis on a Ministry-identified health system priority within six months and host a KT end-of-synthesis workshop to assist decision makers in the interpretation and contextualization of the findings. This targeted investment will support the use of synthesized evidence in decision making in the provinces, help increase linkages between researchers and decision makers, and add to the growing body of synthesized evidence.


Who should apply? Research teams with synthesis experience and an interest in working with provincial decision makers to help them address their most pressing health system issues should apply.


The Stage 1 application deadline (i.e., to be qualified as an Evidence on Tap Research Team) is March 16, 2009. The first Stage 2 application deadline (i.e., for the full expedited synthesis proposal) is June 16, 2009.


For more information click here




National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) updates


NaHSSA Website

The conference section of their newly redesigned website <>  is now available!


NaHSSA Board of Directors 2009-2010

Interested in working with other health professionals? Want to gain experience working at the national level? Consider applying for a NaHSSA Board of Director (BOD) position. Feel free to contact current members to find out what their role entails! Please stay tuned for the 2009-2010 BOD Applications.


Conference — March 20th-22nd, 2009 ~Kingston, Ontario

NaHSSA in collaboration with the Queen's University chapter, Queen's Health Sciences Students Association, and the SMIHILE Planning Committee would like to welcome you to:


The National Health Sciences Students’ Association (NaHSSA) aims to promote collaborative care practice among all health care disciplines (e.g. Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Respiratory Therapy, Occupational Therapy, etc.) and is the first of two inter-professional health care student associations in the world.


Student-Managed Interprofessional Health Initiatives Leadership Event (SMIHILE)& The 5th Annual NaHSSA Conference - Empowering Minds: A Unified Vision for Interprofessionalism


Click here to view the flyer and for more conference details please visit Registration is NOW OPEN.


2009 Career Fair

Is your organization interested in being a part of this year's Career Fair at the 5th Annual NaHSSA Conference? Visit our website for more information.


For more information visit




Call for Chapters:

Interprofessional E-Learning and Collaborative Work: Practices and Technologies. The editors invite proposals for chapters to be included in an edited book in this area. See the full call for chapters ...[MORE]


CHIC Library Update

·         Michael MacIsaac, Library Assets Manager, left his position with the Library earlier this month to work on his PhD. All of us at the Library wish Michael the best in his new endeavours.

·         John Cheng, who will replace Michael in this role, starts his new position on February 11th, 2009. Welcome John!

·         Daniel Hooker, Research Assistant, and I have developed a plan for moving forward. Both Dan and I are excited to continue our work and look forward to working with John.

·         At time of writing, we’ve yet to hear about the abstracts we submitted for Collaborating Across Borders II and the Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference. I look forward to sharing what I hope is good news with you all in the next update.


 For more information please visit



Calendar of Events:


First Annual Interprofessional Education (IPE) Conference – The Commonwealth Medical College

March 20, 2009, Misericordia University; Scranton, PA


The Commonwealth Medical College in partnership with Misericordia University present the 1st Annual Interprofessional Education Conference (IPE) that will unite educators, health professionals, social service professionals, researchers and other interested stakeholders in examining collaborative approaches toward interprofessional education and its impact on healthcare.


Continuing education credits will be available for nurses.


Please visit for more information and registration.

Canadian Conference on Medical Education

May 2 - 6, 2009 ~ Edmonton, Alberta

The largest gathering of medical educators in Canada and offers a unique opportunity to network with colleagues across the country, to hear new ideas, to acquire new knowledge and to share your expertise.

The theme for 2009 is “Diversity—Meeting Many Needs”

Plenary sessions will include topics on Aboriginal Health, Intra-professionalism, and Diversity in Learning.

For more information go to

Engaging Reflection in Health Professional Education and Practice

May 13 - 15, 2009, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario


This inaugural conference is hosted by the University of Western Ontario' Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Education and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

This interdisciplinary conference calls together scholars interested in exchanging knowledge and advancing scholarship about the place of 'reflection' in health professional education and practice.

Detailed information about the conference can be found on the conference website

conference website <> (<>).


Collaborating Across Borders 2009

May 20 - 22, 2009 – Collaborating Across Borders II: Halifax, Nova Scotia


The conference will focus on a discussion of interprofessional education, practice and policy in an international context by featuring best practices, providing evidence that supports efforts, showcasing outcomes, describing lessons learned, and providing a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking.


Please take note of the early bird registration date of March 16th and note that the rooms at the conference hotel will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.


For additional information you may visit the conference website at


Strengthening the Bond

Culture, Collaboration and Change

May 21 – 23, 2009 ~ The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Banff, Alberta

Come and learn about how the cultures of practice settings and the workplace impact how we work with colleagues who may be:

        • from a different health profession
        • accustomed to a different practice setting
        • trained in different workplace norms
        • part of a different generation and/or
        • a member of a different social/demographic group.

Advance Program: Available Online
Early Bird Deadline: April 21, 2009

To register or for more information, please visit the conference website:


HPE 2009 Conference: Health Professions Education

Global Best Practices in Simulation

May 21 - 23, 2009—Hart House, University of Toronto, Ontario


The overarching Conference objective is to bring together researchers, educators, practitioners, decision-makers, and students to develop synchronous efforts in setting best-practice standards for simulation-augmented health professions education. The Conference will strive to foster a positive environment for an exchange of ideas, presentation of research findings and sharing of strategies for implementation of simulation in education. In addition, the Conference aims to promote formation of collaborative research networks at both international and national levels. We anticipate that with your continuous support the Conference will grow to an annual international event with focus on health professions education. [MORE]

The HPE Conference 2009 will take place at the Hart House, University of Toronto. Exhibition requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. [MORE]

Conference Website:



4th International Conference on E-Learning

July 16 - 17, 2009 ~ University of Toronto


For detailed information about this event I encourage you to visit the conference website:


If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit your ABSTRACT by January 4, 2009.


You should submit your abstract online, using the abstract submission form available on the conference website at:


For a list of the many topics under which you might submit a paper, please go to:




Link of the month:


HealthForceOntario  Check out the latest newsletter Issue 6, Winter 2009: Interprofessional Care II

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