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Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when learners from two or more professionals learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve outcomes. [World Health Organization, 2010]

At Southlake there are many formal and informal opportunities for Interprofessional Education. Residents, nursing students, and other professionals who receive training at Southlake are encouraged to seek and ask about opportunities on how team members come together to collaborate and provide best treatment to patients.

IPE opportunities showcase how skills such as communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and shared decision making form the basis of a team work. “Southlake takes great pride in its interprofessional approach to educating our residents within the Family Medicine Teaching Unit and within the Hospital. They learn to collaborate with all kinds of other health professionals.”
– Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Medical Director, Family Medicine Teaching Unit

Interprofessional Education Opportunities at Southlake

Southlake aims to provide many formal and informal opportunities for interprofessional learning experiences.

Student Role Observation Experience (ROE)
Launched in the summer of 2011, the ROE initiative was created to give students and other learners the opportunity to observe roles of healthcare professionals/providers different than their own to learn the importance of understanding roles in the realm of interprofessional collaboration. Students complete the observation and then share their experiences and discuss what they learned from the experience.

It is important to recognize that in healthcare it takes more than one person; it is the combined effort of all members that really impacts the care that a client can receive.
– Jen Quigley, Georgian College nursing student

“I think that the ROE program is extremely important as it promotes not only interprofessional collaboration but a greater respect and understanding for the unique roles that exist within the healthcare setting. I would encourage all students to take part in this program and I would once again like to thank-you for helping make this experience possible”.
-Nicole Lefaive, York University

Learn more about the Role Observation Experience and how you can participate. Note: availability of certain observation experiences may vary throughout the year.

Other IPE Opportunities

Educational sessions and rounds provide opportunities for interprofessional learners and facilitators at Southlake to meet, discuss and untangle challenging issues in patient care, such as:

  • Ethical issues
  • Roles and responsibility
  • Minimizing safety and risk
  • Maximizing quality patient care
  • Team collaboration

To find out more about interprofessional rounds, sessions, and other opportunities look for posters around the hospital, the intranet or speak to your Educator or Preceptor for information about any upcoming events. Session availability may vary throughout the year.

While at Southlake please take advantage of patient care activities that support interprofessional care. Examples of these types of opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • working on day to day client care in collaboration with other providers, team projects, team rounds, team meetings
  • team educational sessions
  • family case conferences sessions
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities in your area of study
Visit the IPE webpage on the hospital's intranet to read more about our initiatives:

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