IPE Core Learning Activities


Core Curricular Learning Activities 


Teamwork: Your Future in Healthcare

This introductory learning activity powerfully brings together the entire incoming cohort of health science students in striking Convocation Hall. As a part of the activity, faculty members demonstrate different ways in which healthcare teams can deliver interprofessional care. Students also hear the account of a patient’s/client’s journey through the healthcare system, giving them the opportunity to reflect on the healthcare profession they have chosen as well as how they can be vital members of an interprofessional team.

Roles of Health Professions & Team Dynamics

Students gather in teams to learn about the roles and scopes of practice of their own and other health professionals. Teams are provided with a case learning about various roles and scopes of practice and collaborate to plan interprofessional care. Teams engage in discussions with both student peers and facilitators about roles of health professions and team dynamics.

Understanding Patient/Client Partnerships in a Team Context

Students explore partnerships with patients/clients in a team context by learning from experiences of patient educators and through engaging in a verbatim Reader’s Theatre script developed by University of Toronto faculty and students. Student groups work with a patient educator and facilitator to discuss and analyze concepts related to patient/client partnerships through discussion questions provided.

Faculty-Led Learning Activity

This time is protected for two or more programs to collaborate to create a relevant Exposure Level interprofessional learning activity for their students. The topic of this learning activity is developed by interested programs to enhance learning that is relevant to a smaller group of disciplines. The learning objectives and curriculum outline are set by the participating programs. 

Collaborating for Quality

Collaborating for Quality is designed to provide foundational knowledge regarding interprofessional quality improvement practices, interactive interprofessional small group discussion/activities with other professions about roles in quality and application through an interprofessional case.

Conflict in Interprofessional Life

Conflict in Interprofessional Life is designed to reinforce that conflict is a natural part of our working life and influences our ability to make good decisions. Although conflict can be expected in the workplace, we have a professional responsibility to learn to engage conflict effectively, and with composure. An individual’s ability to manage conflict affects how an interprofessional team will function. 

Case-based Learning Activity: Pain Curriculum, Palliative Care and/or ARCTIC

The University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain-Interfaculty Pain Curriculum (UTCSP-IPC) engages over 950 students from Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and the Physician Assistant Program; 90 facilitators; and 20 speakers per year. The UTCSP-IPC was developed based on the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) core and discipline-specific curricula. During the 20-hour curriculum students participate in large group sessions (lectures, patient panel), concurrent clinically-based sessions, online learning modules, facilitated small group sessions and self-directed team sessions.  During the small group and team sessions students work together to develop interprofessional pain assessment and management plans, based on complex patient case studies.

The educational context for Palliative Care is a simulated “interprofessional team meeting” during which each learner represents their respective profession. By participating in and contributing in this interprofessional team meeting, students learn about palliative care and requirements of "patient/client/family meeting" involving a patient/client with advanced disease.

ARCTIC: Appreciating Roles and Collaboration to Improve Care: Head and Neck Cancer is a case-based learning activity developed by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As a large group, students view a head and neck oncology patient’s narrative and debrief about the experience. Students participate in small interprofessional teams discussions to define their role in head and neck oncology and develop a team care plan.

IPE Component in a Practice Setting

This learning activity is built into existing clinical placements at one or more practice sites, and focuses on the development of competence in interprofessional collaboration. Students are integrated into care settings where they interact and work with patients/clients and other interprofessional team members. The IPE Component in a Practice Setting can be delivered in a structured or flexible model to be completed over the course of the student’s educational program with our many practice partners:

IPE Structured Placement

Students are placed in an interprofessional team within a clinical care unit at a practice site. They participate in one or two facilitated introductory tutorials and then continue to meet as a group on a regular basis for patient/client/family-themed tutorials. Upon completion of their clinical experience, they deliver a group presentation.

IPE Flexible Placement

Students who are not able to participate in a structured IPE clinical placement will need to work with their placement supervisor to complete the following 3 IPE Flexible Placement activities:

Flexible Activity 1 – Participation in Interprofessional Team Education

Students learn about, from and with colleagues in educational sessions such as: interprofessional lunch and learn sessions, journal club discussions, patient/client team-based case discussions, and interprofessional grand rounds.

Flexible Activity 2 - Interviewing/Shadowing a Team Member 

Through interviewing and shadowing, the student has the opportunity to learn about, from and with other team members such as patients/clients, family members or other healthcare professionals.

Flexible Activity 3 - Participation in Team Meetings 

In this experience, students participate in a minimum of two team meetings in which at least two team members are involved (ideally with the same team). Examples of team meetings include: patient/client rounds, discharge planning meetings, and patient/client/family meetings.

Flexible Activity Tip Sheet can be a helpful resource for Supervisors and Staff!