VITAL - Virtual Interprofessional Teaching And Learning

VITAL (Virtual Interprofessional Teaching & Learning)

In response to the pandemic and distancing requirements across health and education systems, CACHE pivoted their professional development programming to virtual delivery. In doing so, it integrated best practices from literature and experience on both interprofessional education and virtual education. As educators, clinicians and leaders were struggling with the ‘new normal’ of virtual teaching and learning across our systems, we developed our exciting newest program VITAL: Virtual Interprofessional Teaching And Learning. This six-module virtual learning series covers key best practices and core competencies for interprofessional education (IPE) and virtual facilitation.

The newest technologies and virtual active learning strategies are co-facilitated and modelled by two CACHE faculty leveraging; didactic theory bursts, small group breakouts, large group discussions/reflections, virtual stretch breaks, real-time polling, chat boxes and team simulation videos.  The unique use of best practice videoconferencing team norms supports participant psychological safety, equity and attention to engagement in a new virtual environment.

The VITAL program received the the Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence & Achievement in Faculty Development in the category of Innovation in Program Development and Design at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration on May 18, 2022.

Program Learning Objectives:

By the end of this series of six modules, we expect that you will:

  1. Understand the rationale for advancing interprofessional education and interprofessional core competencies into learning activities for students, educators and clinicians. 
  2. Explore interprofessional virtual facilitation best practices, tips and resources.
  3. Develop virtual and face-to-face strategies to enable increased faculty and clinical capacity and interest in IPE in academic and practice settings.

Target Audience

Leaders, educators and clinicians interested in pursuing interprofessional education initiatives and those who wish to experience and apply best practices for virtual teaching and learning.

Minimum # of Learners: 20    Maximum # of Learners: 40

VITAL is an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and as defined by the College of Family Physicians and Surgeons.


Dean Lising
Team-Based Practice and Education Lead, Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education (CACHE) and Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Lynne Sinclair
Senior Consultant, Partnerships and Innovation,  Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education (CACHE) and Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! Stay tuned for 2023 dates!



Dates & Module Overview: 


Each module is 90 min in length, 10:00am - 11:30am E.S.T. 

Format - Virtual videoconferencing with participant access from individual computers or team connection from a remote videoconferencing room (use of Zoom Technology or another similar platform recommended).  CACHE team members provide critical logistics support for videos, breakout rooms, chat boxes and overall technology troubleshooting. 

Module 1 

Overview of IPE/IPC Evidence, Literature and Best Practices

Module 2 

Role Clarification

Module 3 

Interprofessional Communication and Conflict - Focus on Patient Safety/Quality Improvement

Module 4 

Relationship Centred Care: Patients / Caregivers and Teams

Module 5 

Team Functioning/Teamwork - Psychological Safety and Leadership - Pulling it All Together

Module 6 

 IP Facilitation Simulation, Tips and Resources

To find out more please contact Belinda Vilhena Belinda.vilhena@uhn.caCustomized programs for organizations is also available.