Senior Interprofessional Projects

Senior Interprofessional Projects

Activity Outline 

Application Opening: August 30th, 2019.

Application Closing: NOW CLOSED 




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.



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

Collaboration in Aging:

The Alzheimer Society: The role of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is to offer support, information and education to people with dementia, their families and their caregivers, to increase public awareness of dementia, to promote research, and to advocate for services that respect the dignity of the individual.

Project: How can the Alzheimer’s Society gather information on the current diagnostic and management approaches of Primary Healthcare Professionals with the goal of optimizing person/family-centred, holistic community-based support?


Collaboration in Chronic Health Challenges:

The Arthritis Society is a national health charity with a vision to live in a world where people can be free from the devastating effects that arthritis can have on lives. Arthritis is Canada’s most prevalent chronic health condition - for which there is no cure.  It is a complex condition, with over 100 different types including the most common form, osteoarthritis. Our mission is to invest in cutting-edge research, proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes and an improved quality of life for people affected by arthritis.

Project Question: What digital tool(s)/resource(s) could help people with arthritis better manage chronic pain through non-pharmacological and/or medical cannabis options?


Collaboration in Mental Health:

The Distress Centres of Greater Toronto (Formerly known as Spectra Helpline & Toronto Distress Centre): Since 1967, Distress Centres has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals in our community at risk and their most vulnerable. We are Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency.

Project: What considerations would be most beneficial in order for the Distress Centre to build a network of outreach to foster a community-based, holistic response to grieving individuals? 


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. 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, second and third choice by September 16, 2019 at 11:59pm.
  2. Attend the orientation session on Thursday September 19, 2019 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 at least 1-2 meetings with their team per month. 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 consultation night to touch base with the organization and your faculty lead on Thursday October 17, 2019 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. Present a potential solution to the partner organization need on Thursday November 28, 2019 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.
  10. Submit a one page reflection on experience with collaborative leadership and key lessons learned.



Upon successful completion, each student will receive 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- November 28, 2019

  1. Students will email their presentation and any additional materials to Sabrina Bartlett no later than Wednesday November 27, 2019 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: Eli