Interprofessional Education (IPE) Patient/ Client/ Family Partners is an opportunity for people with lived experience in and experiential knowledge of 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 about, with and from our patient/ client/ family partners and possess high regard and value for patients/clients/families and their experiences.
IPE Patient/ Client/ Family 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.
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.
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/ Client/ Family 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/ client/ family educators and through engaging in a theatre script developed by University of Toronto students and faculty. IPE Patient/ Client/ Family Partners participate in one-3 hour gathering.
Various learning opportunities to 'Share Your Story/ Experience' related to Home Care; Palliative Care; HIV & Rehabilitation etc. Most of these opportunities invite IPE Patient/ Client/ Family Partners to participate in one-2 hour evening.
Serve on an IPE Curriculum working group or committee (Bring the patient/client/family perspective).
The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Patient Partner Advisory Committee works with the Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education (CACHE) 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.
Becoming an IPE Patient/ Client/ Family Partner is a wonderful, enriching, and rewarding volunteer opportunity!