IPE Opportunities

Introduction to IPE at UHN

Since 2004, UHN has been providing innovative Interprofessional Education (IPE) for students and staff to learn about, from and with each other. IPE learning opportunities occur through partnerships with students and staff across professions, enhancing our ability to provide excellent patient care through collaborative learning.

Student interprofessional learning opportunities include:

  • structured IPE placements in which students collaborate and learn together as members of the same student team over a number of weeks and/or
  • a range of flexible IPE activities in which a single student/team of students can participate in interprofessional learning about, from and with UHN  team members and/or other students 

Structured IPE Placements

Students at UHN, from across professions and non-clinical roles, can participate in structured IPE placements. The structured IPE placement program enables students to meet their clinical placement requirements while also participating in unique interprofessional learning.

IPE placement goals are for students to:

  • develop an increased understanding of the expertise that each profession brings to solving health problems and  in providing patient care, including team members’ roles and responsibilities;
  • learn and collectively develop clinical expertise together;
  • build a critical understanding of team functioning within the context of a collaborative team. 

Flexible IPE Activities

Every student who learns at UHN will benefit from opportunities for interprofessional learning. Beyond structured IPE Placements, students will be encouraged to:

  • shadow and interview team members
  • participate in interprofessional assessment/treatment as appropriate
  • participate as a team member in team interactions (e.g. rounds, meetings) and reflect meaningfully about how interprofessional collaboration enables excellence in patient care 

IPE/C UHN Workshops are available for staff and students and include:

  • Equity in Interprofessional Patient-Centred Care
  • Have you Seen the Patient

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