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Competencies and Levels

Description of IPE Activities and Competencies

There are three types of IPE activities available to students within the Faculty of Health Sciences. These activities vary in terms of complexity and length. For some programs, participation in the activities will be mandatory. Eventually, all Faculty of Health Sciences students will be expected to demonstrate IP competencies prior to graduation. At a minimum each student would participate in at least 1 exposure, 1 immersion and 1 mastery activity.

IPE Competencies

Prior to graduation, the student will:

  1. Describe their own professional roles and responsibilities and the general scope of practice of other health professionals to colleagues and patients/clients
  2. Know how to involve other professions in patient care appropriate to their roles, responsibilities and competence.
  3. Collaborate with other professions to establish common goals, provide care for individuals and caregivers, and facilitate shared decision-making, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  4. Contribute to team effectiveness by sharing information, listening attentively, respecting others’ opinions, demonstrating flexibility, using a common language, providing feedback to others, and responding to feedback from others

1. Exposure

These activities are primarily knowledge based relating to the first 2 competencies. The activities will focus on "describing roles and responsibilities" and "demonstrating awareness". Activities will be of shorter term duration. Examples include:

  • shadowing experiences
  • journal clubs
  • special event seminars
  • "lunch and learn"
  • Interprofessional Student Council approved activities

2. Immersion

These activities are typically of longer duration than exposure activities and require higher levels of interaction between the health professional students. All four competencies may be addressed through these activities. Students will be required to collaborate with other health professional students, make decisions and solve problems together. Examples include:

  • Tutorial Courses
  • E-based Learning Activities
  • Special Projects
  • Communication Skills Labs
  • Clinical Initiatives

3. Mastery

This is the most complex and integrative group of activities. Students will integrate their IP knowledge and skills in a team environment. Typically this will be of longer duration. Students will build relationships in a team environment and be actively engaged in team decision making around patient/client care. Mastery activities are primarily clinical education experiences.

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