Senior Interprofessional Projects

Senior Interprofessional Projects

Activity Outline 



Application Opening: September 11, 2020

Application Closing: September 21, 2020 @ 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 services to people with disabilities throughout the country.

Project: A stroke is experienced by the individual but the effects are often felt by the whole family. March of Dimes Canada, through their After Stroke Service, has an opportunity to innovate and develop a community-based family-centred model of support/care for those who have experienced the disruption of a mid-life stroke (i.e. aged 40-60). What are the key family unit level considerations (content, processes, and mechanisms) that may support meaningful participation and wellbeing post-stroke?  What will each of the professions explore and contribute to the process and how might they collaborate to consider this type of holistic community-based, family-centred resource development?

Project Details

Selection Process

In September, 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 by September 21, 2020 at 11:59pm.
  2. Attend the virtual orientation session on Thursday, September 24, 2020 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 Thursday, October 22, 2020 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 Thursday, November 26, 2020 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 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 26, 2020

  1. Students will email their presentation and any additional materials to Sabrina Bartlett no later than Wednesday November 26, 2020 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,