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IHEIF - Building on the Foundations of IPE in Toronto

A joint project by the University of Toronto Council of Health Sciences Deans and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network.

Supported by the IHEIF (Interprofessional Health Education Innovation Fund), the MTCU (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) & MOHLTC (Ministry of Health and Long Term Care) Fund.

Funded March 2007 – December 2009.

This project is administratively led by the Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto.


The University of Toronto’s Council of Health Sciences Deans (CHSD) is clear in its mandate to establish mandatory Interprofessional Education (IPE) curricula so that by 2009 all students from the Faculties of Health Sciences (including The Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Education and Health, Social Work and Rehabilitation Sciences) will partake in a curriculum that affords them the opportunity to graduate with IPE competencies.

The approach taken by the University of Toronto is to create a curriculum that is theoretically driven, pedagogically sound, relevant to learners and faculty, and ultimately relevant to the patients and clients served. This competency-based, longitudinal curriculum design will include a mandatory core curriculum, complementary learning activities, simulation experiences, and a 4-week clinical placement where students will learn how to apply the theoretical concepts of collaboration in practice settings.

IHEIF Background

Health professional learners need to gain the competencies of collaborative patient-centered care from their university/college training. Hospitals and other clinical settings must provide the environments for students to receive role modeling of teamwork practices. Currently, much work needs to be done in both the educational and practice settings if we are to be successful in enhancing patient care in a collaborative manner. The federal and provincial governments believe that Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) is one of the solutions to assist in strengthening our health care system by influencing recruitment and retention of practitioners, improving patient care outcomes and enhancing organizational and system efficiencies (e.g., reducing wait times).

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