Interprofessional Education

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa recognizes the importance of working in an interprofessional team. Our students are exposed to interprofessional education (IPE) during the four years of their undergraduate training.

Prior to participating in IPE, students must have basic knowledge and skills related to their own profession.

What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

According to the definition offered by WHO in 2010, IPE occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable collaboration and improve health outcomes.

The CanMeds roles include “collaborator”. When members caring for a patient work as a team, it helps to deliver comprehensive care; which our patients appreciate and expect.

In their future role as physicians, our students will work with various healthcare professionals to provide optimal, comprehensive care to their patients. The Faculty of Medicine aims to prepare students for this. They will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitude required to provide the best care possible for their patients.

With IPE, participants understand the core principles and concepts of each contributing discipline.They also become familiar with the basic language and mindsets of the various disciplines.

1 These definitions are based on Clark, P.G. (1993), Journal of Interprofessional Care, 7(3), p. 219-220.

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