Senior Interprofessional Projects

Senior Interprofessional Projects

Activity Outline 

Application Opening: September 1, 2017. 

Application Closing: September 18, 2017 @ 11:59pm. 


The interprofessional student projects have been developed for senior health profession students as an opportunity to partner with a community organization to address an area for future development while developing collaborative leadership and team functioning competencies. 



Collaborative Competence Objectives

Students will:

  • Establish effective relationships  with service users and other team members to support a common goal
  • Reflect on team values to advance team function
  • Effectively apply collaborative decision-making principles
  • Contribute to co-creation of a climate for shared leadership

Project Objectives:

Students will:

  • Present a project idea that aligns with the organization’s needs
  • Demonstrate a collaborative effort in designing the idea
  • Present ideas in a professional manner



Interested students will indicate their first, second and third choice for projects within the following themes:

Collaboration in Mental Health:

LOFT Youth Programs seeks to harness youths’ personal strengths to encourage independence. Their programs have a holistic approach to ensure each client receives services appropriate for his/her individual needs. Services include a range of supportive housing models, and system navigation and advocacy to link youth to needed services and recourses offered by Youth Case Managers.


Collaboration in Aging:

WoodGreen offers Adult Day Programs to seniors who are frail or have dementia. They provide escorted transportation to and from the program for seniors living within their catchment area. Their program specializes in people who are living with the effects of a stroke and creates an opportunity for interaction with peers in a supportive stimulating environment. The program will serve as an alternative respite measure for caregivers in need of relief and support.


Collaboration in Chronic Health Challenges:

The Canadian Spondylitis Association is a national non-profit patient association formed to support and to advocate for those dealing with Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis and related Spondyloarthritis diseases. Their vision is to be a primary resource for people diagnosed and living with Spondyloarthritis in Canada.


Project Details

Selection Process

In September, interested students will be matched to an organization based on choices in a selection process and with three to five other students representing various professional programs.

Acceptance Criteria

  1. Applicant must have completed the first year of their professional program.
  2. Applicant must complete the online application form within the given deadlines.
  3. The applicant must prepare a statement explaining why and how it is anticipated that the project will enhance his/her development of interprofessional competencies. Critical and reflective language, interests and interprofessional context as it relates to the project theme will be considered in the selection process.
  4. The selection committee will ensure that a mix of students from various programs are selected to bring interprofessional perspectives to the project.

Student Expectations

Students will:

  1. Apply for an area of interest, indicating first, second and third choice.
  2. Attend the orientation session on September 26, 2017 at 5:15pm to meet team members and learn about the organization, project topic and expectations. Several teams of students will be responding to the same organization need.
  3. Work with their team members to address the identified area of service enhancement throughout the fall term, applying a collaborative approach. Where possible, team members will have access to a service user representing or linked to the partner organization.
  4. Have the opportunity to touch base with the organization on October 24, 2017 between 5:15-8:15pm to ask additional questions for a period of 15 minutes. Student teams will sign up for a time slot within this timeframe.
  5. Be prepared to dedicate approximately 30 hours throughout the fall term to this project.
  6. Take the time to reflect on the group process, collaborative leadership and team functioning, using the forms provided.
  7. Present their solution to the partner organization need on November 21, 2017 between 5:15-8:15pm. Student groups will each have 15 minutes to pitch their ideas and organizations will have 5 minutes to ask additional questions of each group.
  8. Submit a one page reflection on experience with collaborative leadership and key lessons learned.



Upon successful completion, each student will receive a certificate in Interprofessional Collaboration issued by the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto.

Recognition of successful completion will require:

  1. Completion of the student team reflection on team process;
  2. Signing off on contribution of each group members;
  3. Presentation to the partner organization;
  4. A Passing Grade on the final project.



  1. Partner Organization: A representative will be available to provide an introduction to the organization, services offered and needs to be addressed. Students will have 15 minutes to meet the organization to understand more about their needs. Some organizations may provide more time, based on availability.
  2. Service User: Where possible, a service user will be associated with each of the student teams to provide personal experience related to the organization needs.
  3. Faculty Advisor: A faculty advisor will be available to consult.


Final Presentation- November 21, 2017

  1. Students will have 15 minutes to present their pitch to the partner organization. An additional 5 minutes are scheduled for the organization to ask questions of the student team.
  2. The organization and faculty advisor will have 5 minutes to provide written feedback to each team based on the rubric provided.
  3. Students will provide supplementary materials to the partner organization, if applicable.

It is not the expectation that students work with the organization upon completion of the project, although some may choose to do so.



If you have any questions contact:

Faculty Lead, Curriculum and Scholarship: Sylvia

SIP Program Manager: Sabrina

SIP Program Coordinator: Eli