IPE Activities

Each program in the health-related Faculties participates in a variety of interprofessional activities designed to help students develop interprofessional competencies, including:

  • Interprofessional communication
  • Patient/client/community centred care
  • Role clarification
  • Team functioning
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Interprofessional conflict resolution

CIHC National Interprofessional Competency Framework, 2010 [PDF - 397kB]

These activities may take place in the classroom, simulation lab or the practice setting.  They may be embedded in a course, or occur outside of class time. What they all have in common is students from different professions learning actively from and about one another through collaboration.

Finding ways to collaborate

Look at any health-related program, and you'll find interprofessional learning and collaboration are an important part of the student experience. Here are just a few examples of IPE activities taking place in our programs:

Breast Cancer - An Interprofessional Approach
Interprofessional teams of students from diagostic cytology, radiological technology, ultrasound technology, physiotherapy, pharmacy, nursing and nuclear medicine engage in online discussions, analyze a patient case and work with a breast cancer survivor.

ISANS Interpreter Project
Dentistry and Dental Hygiene students provide care for non-English-speaking immigrant clients in the Dal Dental Hygiene Oral Healthcare Clinic, with the assistance of student interpreters from health-related programs.

Collaboration in Family Medicine
Students from Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Social Work learn and apply principles for interprofessional collaboration and team work in primary health care by working together in a family practice simulation experience.