Senior Interprofessional Projects

Senior Interprofessional Projects

Activity Outline 




Application Opening: January 11th, 2021 @ 9:00am

Application Closing:  January 27th, 2021 @ 11:59pm



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



  1. Partner Organization: A representative will be available to provide an introduction to the organization, services offered and needs to be addressed. They will be available at orientation and consultation nights. They will also be evaluators during the final presentation.
  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. If a service user is part of the collaborative team, they may also take part in the orienation, consultation and presentation nights.
  3. Faculty Lead: A faculty lead will be available to assist teams at orientation and consultation nights. Teams are also responsible for scheduling at least one metting with their faculty lead outside of those formal times. Faculty Leads will also be evaluators during the final presentation.



Collaboration in Chronic Health:

March of Dimes: March of Dimes Canada provides a wide range of programs and services (e.g. personal support, employment services, community reintegration) to people of all ages with disabilities. The design and delivery of programs is grounded in person/family centred approaches and MODC leadership is keen to explore how 'family' could be further considered and incorporated in the intake and assessment activities of the organization.

Project: What are the key family level considerations that should be incorporated into intake assessments? What tools and processes may aid in this undertaking? What might members of an interprofessional workforce explore and contribute to the process and how might they collaborate to adopt this type of holistic community-based, family considered process?

Collaboration in Mental Health:

CIPE/TASHN Team-Based Wellness and Resiliency Project: COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented changes in the healthcare system, and has forced organizations and healthcare teams to rapidly find new ways to educate, learn and provide care.   Although the primary focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on virus transmission and corresponding interventions, a parallel secondary pandemic impacting mental health and well-being is looming. Health care providers face additional challenges that can potentially lead to burnout leading to both personal and health management crises.  Collaboration of teams is more important than ever before to support positive patient outcomes and support each other's well-being and resilience managing these many challenges.  The Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network, in collaboration with the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto, is in a unique position to address these challenges given existing work in Interprofessional Care (IPC) and team competency-based tools.  An IPC working group is seeking to compile existing tool/activities for Wellness/Resiliency from U of T Mental Health/Wellness resources, TAHSN IPC COVID Care inventories, provincial COVID Care Learning Team Tools, organizational processes and filter for tools relevant to Interprofessional Care Team-based approach to Wellness and Resiliency.

Project: Through an interprofessional approach, advance existing work in Mental Health, Wellness, Resilience and Teamwork from U of T and TAHSN to curate IPC Team Wellness and Resiliency Tools/Activities as an addendum to existing toolkits and practice inventories and to consider corresponding strategies/approaches for team implementation. The hope is to support development of collaborative competencies pertaining to wellness and resilience and practical application in a team context to clinicians, learners, leaders and organizations.

Project Details

Selection Process

In January, interested students will be matched to an organization with three to five other students representing various professional programs.

Acceptance Criteria

  1. Students must have completed the first year of their professional program - Exception: Physician Assistant; Master of Professional Kinesiology; Social Work.
  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 and second choice by January 27, 2021 at 11:59pm.
  2. Attend the virtual orientation session on Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 5:15pm to meet your team members, faculty lead, and learn about the organization, project topic and expectations. Several teams of students will be responding to the same organization need.
  3. Bring their schedules to the orientation, so they can schedule meetings with their team. Each team is responsible for coordinating and managing all of their own meetings, including those with faculty leads.
  4. 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.
  5. Dedicate approximately 25 hours (plus requiste orientation, consult and final presentation) throughout the fall term to this project.
  6. Schedule at least one meeting between September and October to consult with their faculty lead or service user (if applicable).
  7. Attend the virtual consultation night to touch base with the organization and your faculty lead on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 between 5:15-8:15pm to ask additional questions for a period of 30 minutes. Student teams will sign up for a time slot within this timeframe at orientation night.
  8. Take the time to reflect on the group process, collaborative leadership and team functioning, using the forms provided.
  9. Virtually present a potential solution to the partner organization need on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 between 5:15-8:15pm.. Student groups will have 10 minutes to pitch their ideas and organizations as well as 5 minutes to showcase their Collaborative Leadership throughout the process. An additional 5 minutes is scheduled for the organization to ask questions of the student team.



Upon successful completion, each student will receive 2 IPE elective credits and a certificate recognizing completion 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, including evidence of meeting the appropriate time expectations.


Final Presentation- March 31st, 2021

  1. Students will email their presentation and any additional materials to Omobolanle Alabi no later than Tuesday March 30th, 2021 at 11:59pm.
  2. Students will have 10 minutes to present their pitch to the partner organization as well as 5 minutes to showcase their Collaborative Leadership throughout the process. An additional 5 minutes is scheduled for the organization to ask questions of the student team.
  3. The organization and faculty lead will have 5 minutes to provide written feedback to each team based on the rubric provided.
  4. Students will provide supplementary materials to the partner organization.

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


Project Contact Information

If you have any questions contact:

Faculty Lead, Curriculum and Scholarship: Sylvia

SIP Program Manager: Sabrina

SIP Program Coordinator: Bola Alabi,