"Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes"
- World Health Organization, 2010
It is our pleasure to introduce you to a component of the UofT Medical School experience that we believe sets it apart from many others. As Vice Presidents of Interprofessional Education to the Medical Society counsel, we share with you the basics of what’s available through UofT IPE.
The University of Toronto and the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE) recognizes that healthcare is no longer delivered uniprofessionally, but rather most healthcare settings are operated by teams of multiple healthcare professionals. To make our education reflect current practices in the field, the health care faculties at the University of Toronto have developed a national-standard-setting Interprofessional Education curriculum.
As future healthcare providers, we believe that fostering a strong interprofessional relationship - involving understanding of, appreciation for, and cooperation between healthcare disciplines - is the key to providing our patients with the best care they can receive. Thus, the first steps start with us, the students, as we develop within and beyond our healthcare disciplines in an environment which supports such interprofessional practice. Our goal is promoting interprofessional education at the academic level, so that students are prepared to naturally fuse with interprofessional practice in healthcare settings and the clinical level.
The IPE curriculum at UofT currently includes four core interprofessional education events throughout the four years of medical school, as well as a number of elective credits, to allow for choice and following interests. With over 100 electives to choose from throughout the year, the IPE curriculum is diverse, rewarding, and an integral part of the high quality medical students trained at UofT. Some of our first exposures to working with and learning from real patients were through these electives.
Additionally, being a medical student at the University of Toronto makes you part of The University of Toronto Interprofessional Healthcare Students’ Association (IPHSA), which connects and represents students from 13 healthcare professional programs across University of Toronto, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. All students studying within these respective organizations gain membership to IPHSA. Our governing body is made up of representatives from each of the 13 healthcare professional programs who serve as a voice for their respective faculty. Our mandate is to create an entertaining and educational environment in which all healthcare students have the opportunity to interact with and learn with, from and about one another, in both formal and informal settings. IPHSA offers many opportunities for you to get involved in social, educational and outreach events.
We hope to see you next year!
If you have any questions about IPE, IPHSA, or anything else, please feel free to contact us.
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