Centre for IPE Newsletter                                                   January 2009 Edition                                                      Volume 17

Centre for IPE Located



Med West Medical Centre

750 Dundas St. West,

Suite 3-302,

Post Office Box 18

Toronto, Ontario

M6J 3S3

EMAIL: ipe.info@utoronto.ca

TEL: 416-603-5800 X 2577

FAX: 416-603-5580

Website: ipe.utoronto.ca


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


Administrative Assistant

Heatherlyn Giglio Rankin


IPE Listserv

The Centre for IPE is developing a listserv to be used for sharing information regarding IPE and IPC. Faculty can subscribe by sending an e-mail message to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca.

In the body of the message type:
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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 uniprofesional 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.


Interfaculty Curriculum Committee (IFCC)


This committee of representatives from the ten health science professional programs is continuing their consultation with faculty and key stakeholders regarding the development of the IPE curriculum. This group presents a unique forum in which to discuss these issues and move the curriculum forward


Stay tuned as we move toward implementation in Fall 2009!


IPC Community of Practice


The next IPE Community of Practice will take place Wednesday January 28th, 5:00- 7:30pm at 500 University Ave, room 132. The theme of this month’s session will be ‘Tools for Enhancing Collaborative Practice’ and we will have a team from St. Joseph’s Health Centre presenting their “Coaching Teams for Interprofessional Collaboration” workshop. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Doreen Day.


This first meeting of 2009 will see the commencement of our two new co-Chairs: Darlene Hubley, Occupational Therapist and Interprofessional Education Coordinator Bloorview Kids Rehab, and Dale Kuehl, Discipline Chief of Addiction Therapy, Centre for Addition and Mental Health. Please join me in welcoming them and thanking Gillian Bone, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Keith Adamson, St. Josephs Health Centre for their tremendous contributions as CoP co-Chairs in 2008.


2009 IPE Dying and Death Session – Tuesday February 10th


The 2009 Dying and Death interprofessional education session will take place on Tuesday February 10th, 5:30-8:30pm at the William Doo Auditorium (New College, 45 Willcocks St.)


The theme of this year’s session is “Psychosocial, Physical and Spiritual Issues for Health Care Professionals”. Speakers for the session will include:

Rev. Jan  Kraus,  MDiv., Manager of Spiritual Care and Teaching Supervisor at St. Michael's Hospital

Douglas Daher, Ph.D. C. Psych., registered psychologist on the clinical staff of the Counselling and Skills Learning Centre at University of Toronto

Jeff Myers, MD, CCFP, MSEd., Head - Palliative Care Consult Team, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


This session is open to all health science students at the University of Toronto. Pre-registration is required. To register please click here.


HealthForceOntario 2008-09 Interprofessional Care/Education Fund


We are very pleased to announce that the OIPE and partners have been successful in obtaining funding from HealthForceOntario for two projects:  Collaborative Change Leadership and IP-COMPASS.  The Collaborative Change Leadership Course is a unique learning program for people across the province in leadership positions in healthcare or health education institutions who are embedding IPC throughout their organizations. This course will bring together health delivery, interprofessional practice and change leadership.  The IP-COMPASS project will create an IPC quality assurance framework/tool, including indices for success, which will support and sustain a culture of IPE within IPC practice settings.



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.


Ehpic Faculty Development Course - Thunder Bay, ON

Sponsored by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, twenty-nine participants from the Northern region of Ontario engaged in a three-day modified version of the successful five-day ehpic (educating health professionals for interprofessional care) Faculty Development Course held in June in Toronto each year.  

The course was aimed at developing academic and clinical leaders in interprofessional education who will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to teach both learners and fellow colleagues the art and science of working collaboratively for patient-centred care.  Course facilitators included Mandy Lowe, Lynne Sinclair, and Maria Tassone with assistance from Belinda Vilhena and Michelle Addison.




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)

Registration Deadline:  February 13, 2009


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 limited!


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


The abstract system is now open & can be accessed through  http://events.cmetoronto.ca/website/index/IPE0902-C


For more information:


Contact the Course Coordinator, Belinda Vilhena or go to our website at



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.


The Foundation is accepting applications for EXTRA until March 3, 2009 at 12 p.m. EST. Results will be announced May 1, 2009.


Please help us in encouraging nurse, physician, and other health service executives from your network to be part of the sixth cohort of EXTRA fellows.


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 <http://www.nahssa.ca>  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:


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 www.nahssa.ca. Registration is NOW OPEN.


The Abstract Call is now available, click here for details – Deadline for submissions is February 2nd, 2009.


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 http://www.nahssa.ca


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]



Calendar of Events:


One Day Change Leadership Collaborative

February 25, 2009 – Toronto


This one day event, held in Toronto, will create innovative space to learn from each other, develop new insights and uncover emerging generative practices for leading and sustaining change in complex systems. Early Registration $149 between December 15 and January 30, ($249 afterwards). Please note that the Change Leadership Collaborative has a limit for attendance, please register early to avoid disappointment.


More information is available on line at www.leadchange.ca



Living Interprofessional Health Education

March 3, 2009 ~ Niagara College Symposium~ (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario CANADA)


Featured speakers:


   Dr. William Shragge, Chief of Staff, Niagara Health System

   Dr. Shragge is an expert in the field of collaborative practice. He was a member of the Organizational Structure Working   

   Group which pro-vided support to the Interprofessional Care Steering Committee in the development of the document:  

   Interprofessional Care: A Blueprint for Action in Ontario.


   Millie Graham, Stroke Ambassador

   Presenting: “From my Heart” a presentation describing her experience as a patient. This presentation describes how health  

   care teams impact the lives of patients.


    Please print the registration form from www.niagaracollege.ca


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 http://www.mededconference.ca/home.php


Engaging Reflection in Health Professional Education and Practice

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


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 <http://www.reflectivepractice.ca/> (<http://www.reflectivepractice.ca/>).



Collaborating Across Borders 2009

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

For more information please visit: The Collobrating Across Borders 2009 web site.


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 CANADA


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: http://bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/CIENE/conference2009.htm



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.ca http://www.healthforceontario.ca/WhatIsHFO/Newsletters.aspx  Check out the latest newsletter Issue 6, Winter 2009: Interprofessional Care II


IPE Listserv…

The Centre for IPE is developing a listserv to be used for sharing information regarding IPE and IPC. Faculty can subscribe by sending an e-mail message to listserv@listserv.utoronto.ca. In the body of the message type:
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