Q: What is Interprofessional Education?
“Interprofessional education occurs when two or more professionals learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (World Health Organization, 2010)
Q: Why was the IPE Curriculum created?
The Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto created and implemented the IPE Curriculum in order to develop a new generation of health professionals who are able to practice in a reformed health care system that values and enables interprofessional collaborative care. Interprofessional Collaboration modifies negative attitudes and perceptions towards other professions, remedies failures in trust and communication between professions, reinforces collaborative competence, allows professionals to cope with problems that far exceed the capacity of any one profession, as well as enhancing job satisfaction and easing stress. (Barr, 2002)
Q: How will the Interprofessional Education Curriculum benefit me?
Interprofessional Education is a worldwide initiative increasing the standards of patient/client care and employee satisfaction. The skills that you will learn during this curriculum will not only assist in your future practice, but will also increase your opportunities moving into the workforce. Upon successful completion of your IPE curriculum program requirement, you will receive a letter of completion that can be incorporated into your portfolio.
“If health care providers are expected to work together and share expertise in a team environment, it makes sense that their education and training should prepare them for this type of working arrangement.” (Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, 2002)
Q: What do the “core competencies” mean?
The Centre for Interprofessional Education and University of Toronto’s Interprofessional Education Curriculum is broken down into competencies, each represented on a learning continuum under 3 components; Exposure (Introduction), Immersion (Development), and Competence (Entry-to-Practice). Learning activities are specific to each learning competency, and is based on the level of knowledge students are exposed to during the learning activity. As the students’ progress through the curriculum, they will gain a deeper understanding of interprofessional collaborative practice.
Q: How many learning activities do I need to complete in order to graduate from the IPE Curriculum?
There are eleven health sciences programs at UT involved in the IPE Curriculum/Program. Each program has individually determined the number of core and learning activities their students are required to attend. If you have any questions about your requirements, please contact your IPE Program Lead, found here.
Details of your IPE curriculum requirements are provided on the IPE Management System and through Blackboard/Portal: My Organizations Plus > UT Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program/Curriculum > Curriculum Requirements.
To enable and foster interprofessional learning experiences over the course of professional programs, students are encouraged to complete half of their learning activity requirements per year. Students in three and four year programs may choose to complete their requirements in years one, two and/or three, dependent on program specific recommendations and placements.
Q: What does the coding system mean?
Learning activities are broken down by learning levels. There are introductory activities and are often primarily composed of a didactic component; these activites are Exposure level. Intermediate activities include both didactic features and case based discussions; these are Immersion activities. Longitudinal and/or Competence activities often include a large case-based component, and these activities may occupy a longer time frame (e.g.. 3 interviews over the course of the year).
Q: What if I miss one of the core learning activities?
If you were unable to attend a core session, please contact your IPE Program Lead. They will instruct you on to next steps (e.g., a make-up session if available, a make-up assignment, etc.).
Q: Where do I find the registration link for an learning activity that I want to attend.
Students will be able to find the registration link and/or contact person within the description of the learning activity. All approved IPE learning activties can be found on the IPE Learning Activities Calendar.
Q: What is the withdrawal policy for a learning activity?
If you are unable to attend a learning activity, please withdraw 48 hours in advance through the IPE Management System.
Q: Registration is full for a learning activity that I want to attend. What now? Can I add myself to a wait list?
If you have attempted to register for a learning activity and the IPE Management System has indicated that there are no spots left for your program, this means that the number of spots allocated to your program have been filled. You will be automatically placed on the waitlist and will be notified 48 hours prior to the learning activity via email if you have been removed from the waitlist and successfully registered.
Please be patient, and check your email in the days leading up to the learning activity, as we may have been able to allot additional spots to your program, or another student from your program may have withdrawn from this learning activity, in which case the next person on the waitlist is moved up.
Please do not show up to the learning activity if you are not registered. We ask that students retain a level of professionalism in respect for their fellow students who may have been above them on the waitlist and were also not able to attend.
We also ask all students, if for some reason they are no longer able to attend, to withdraw through the IPE Management System or request to withdraw from the activity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in order to accommodate those on the waitlist.
Q. What if I did not remove myself from a learning activity that I had signed up for on the IPE Management System and missed the activity?
We ask that students retain a level of professionalism in respect for the number of spots that each activity can accommodate and withdraw 48 hours in advance of a learning activity. Students can withdraw from an activity through the IPE Management System. If due to extenuating circumstances a student cannot attend an event, their file will show a “Did Not Attend” (DNA) for that activity. If a student incurs 3 DNAs, they will be reported to their IPE Program Lead.
Q. What if I need to leave early for an activity?
We ask that students plan ahead and avoid having to leave early from an activity. This disrupts not only the student’s learning process but the learning process of their peers as well. If due to extenuating circumstances a student must leave the activity, their file will show a DNA for that activity if they leave more than 15 minutes prior to the end of the activity. If the student leaves less than 15 minutes prior to the end of the activity, the student will notify the facilitator and they will determine the status of the student’s attendance, with the Curriculum Portfolio representative.
Q: How can I check my attendance?
Students have the ability to review their completion of IPE Learning Activities through the IPE Management System: http://ipecurriculum.utoronto.ca/
Q: How will my attendance record be updated?
Please ensure you sign the attendance sheets at every learning activity so that your attendance is tracked. Should your file not reflect your attendance in an activity within 6 weeks from the date of the activity, please contact general inquiries at email@example.com.
Q: Why do I have to fill out evaluations for each learning activity that I attend?
Evaluation data provides invaluable feedback to the organizers of the IPE learning activities so that improvements can be made to the learning activity to create the most valuable learning experience for future students.
Q: How can students receive credit for facilitating an IPE Learning Activity?
Students can receive an Immersion credit for facilitating an IPE learning activity should they meet the following criteria:
(1) Must complete the Student Facilitator Workshop
(2) Must facilitate an IP learning activity
Q: How can students receive credit for organizing an IPE Learning Activity?
Students can receive a Longitudinal Immersion credit for organizing an IPE learning activity should they meet the following criteria:
(1) Must complete the Student Facilitator Workshop
(2) Must be on an IP Team
(3) Must be on a longitudinal Working Group
(4) Must have a Curriculum Team Advisor
Q: I would like to create an Interprofessional Learning Activity. How do I do this?
1. Develop the idea in consultation with the your IPE Program Lead and a Curriculum Portfolio member.
2. Review information found under Elective Approval Process (PIPEs) section
3. Fill out Elective Approval Form
4. Submit forms to Centre for IPE and receive auto-response confirming receipt
5. Centre for IPE receives submission and sends the form to reviewers
6. Reviewers confer on a decision and inform the Curriculum Assistant at CIPE
7. Responses will be sent to the submitter by the Curriculum Lead/CIPE within 10 business days following submission to notify them of the approval or rejection of the Interprofessional Elective Learning Activity
Q: I am graduating this year and would like to be involved with facilitating IPE Learning Activities in future years, who should I contact?
Please contact general inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org including your profession and contact information in the email. You will then be added to our facilitator database and notified with facilitation opportunities.