Interprofessional Education (IPE) Patient Partners
Become a partner with the University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) Curriculum and share your lived experience with students from over 11 different health professions.
Apply today to become a member of the IPE Patient Partner community and the University of Toronto's IPE Curriculum
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Patient Partners is a volunteer opportunity for people with lived experience in the healthcare system to partner with the University of Toronto's Interprofessional Education Curriculum and share their lived experience with students from over 11 different health professions.
The goal of health care education is to produce providers who offer comprehensive, high-quality, team-oriented, patient/family-partnered care.
Our students are excited to learn from our patient partners and possess high regard and value for patients/clients/families and their experiences.
Heres what you need to know...
What do IPE Patient Partners do?
IPE Patient Partners participate in student learning activities as a mentor, facilitate, and/or advisory capacity.
Mentors share their lived experience with the students in person or through video recording.
Facilitators help facilitate discussions between students from various professional programs.
Advisors collaborate with and advise faculty who develop, plan, implement, assess and evaluate the IPE curriculum, with particular attention to the needs and priorities for patient/client/family-partnered care.
Which health professional students do IPE Patient Partners work with?
The University of Toronto's IPE Curriculum engages students from the following programs: Dentistry, Master of Professional Kinesiology, Medical Radiation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology.
Where do the IPE Patient Partners volunteer?
Most volunteer sessions are within the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto. IPE Patient Partners are sometimes asked to volunteer in other locations for education sessions.
What are the current opportunities for IPE Patient Partners?
Health Mentor Program - an IPE elective learning opportunity designed to engage interprofessional students in an experience involving multiple encounters with a health mentor / patient partner. IPE Patient Partners participate in two-2 hour evening gatherings.
Understanding Patient/Client Partnerships in a Team Context - Students explore partnerships with a patient/client in a team context by learning from experiences of patient educators and through engaging in a theatre script developed by University of Toronto students and faculty. IPE Patient Partners participate in one-3 hour gathering.
Various learning opportunities to 'Share Your Story' related to Home Care; Palliative Care; HIV & Rehabilitation etc. Most of these opportunities invite IPE Patient Partners to participate in one-2 hour evening.
Serve on an IPE Curriculum working group or committee (Bring the patient/client/family perspective).
What do I need to volunteer as an IPE Patient Partner?
Participate in a brief phone interview to discuss your application, if more information is needed
Attend educational and orientation opportunities
Be willing to share your experience as a patient/client/family and/or caregiver
Be supportive of teamwork across professions with a nonjudgmental and accepting attitude to learners and positive key messages to learn from.
Are IPE Patient Partners paid for their participation in the educational sessions?
Being a Patient Partner is a volunteer position, but you will be reimbursed for some pre-approved expenses relating directly to your attendance at IPE Patient Partner events/ meetings (e.g. TTC / parking)
How are IPE Patient Partners represented at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE)?
The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Patient Partner Advisory Committee works with the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) to enhance and foster patient/client/family partnerships and leadership. Members of this committee will collaborate with and advise faculty who develop, plan, implement, assess and evaluate the IPE curriculum, with particular attention to the needs and priorities for patient/client/family-partnered care.