Senior Interprofessional Design Projects


The interprofessional student design 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. 

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2023 Senior Interprofessional Design Projects. Please check back next year to apply for the next iteration! 


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 orientation, 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 meeting with their faculty lead outside of those formal times. Faculty Leads will also be evaluators during the final presentation.



Smooth Sailing: Supporting transitions from hospital outpatient stroke rehab back to the community

Background: This project focuses on the outpatient discharge process at Sunnybrook’ St. John’s Rehab program. Transitions along the continuum of care can be complex, especially for stroke patients and the interprofessional teams who support them.  After moving through acute care, inpatient rehab and now outpatient rehab, the next phase of reintegration into the community can feel daunting, with an array of recommendations, referrals and resources to follow up with. 

Patients and their caregivers are encouraged to return to their primary care team for ongoing care, but may find that engaging with suggested community and social service supports in follow up is complex.  

Reviewing, bolstering and increasing awareness of the process to engage with ongoing supports upon discharge will help to improve the experience for patients and ensure the confidence of interprofessional teams that their patients are appropriately supported upon discharge.   

Project Details: Now, with an interprofessional group of learners, we aim to create a process which is patient-focused and supportive. We hope for this project to look at what stroke patients and their caregivers need to know, and then turn that missing information into resources and processes that will support all. 

Organizational Support: St. John’s Rehab, Sunnybrook, CACHE

Selection Process

In January, interested students will be matched 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 (Advanced Standing).
  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 January 23, 2023.
  2. Attend the virtual orientation session on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 5:15pm via Zoom 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 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 requisite orientation, consult and final presentation) throughout the term to this project.
  6. Schedule at least one meeting in February to consult with their faculty lead or service user (if applicable).
  7. Schedule the virtual consultation on Thursday, February 16th, 2023 between 5:15-7:15pm to touch base with the organization and your faculty lead 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, March 30, 2023, 5:00pm. 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 2 IPE elective recognition and a certificate recognizing completion issued by the Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education (CACHE), 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: Thursday, March 30, 2023, 5:15pm

  1. Students will email their presentation and any additional materials to
  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:

Director of Interprofessional & Academic Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & Associate Director, CACHE, Elizabeth McLaney,

Manager, Curriculum & Education Innovation, CACHE, Sabrina Bartlett,

Curriculum & Communications Assistant, CACHE, Noor Yassein,