Module 5 – Fostering Interprofessional Learning

What is interprofessional education?
What competencies are involved in interprofessional, collaborative practice?
How can you create interprofessional learning experiences for your students?

Interprofessional education (IPE) is about preparing students to engage in interprofessional, collaborative practice (IPCP) in a variety of team-based health care delivery contexts.  The goal of IPE is for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that foster and support patient/client/family/community-centred care, an appreciation and respect for the roles of other health professionals, and an ability to participate effectively as a member or leader of teams.

Some IPE takes place in the classroom and lab, including through simulation experiences, but what really brings IPE to life for students is relevant and meaningful teamwork experiences in the practice setting.  As a preceptor, you can play a critical role in fostering interprofessional learning in your student.

This module will assist you to:

  1. Understand the differences between Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Collaboration (IPCP)
  2. Understand the benefits of IPE and IPCP and their function in a clinical/fieldwork placement
  3. Identify and apply the competencies of collaborative practice
  4. Identify and create opportunities for your student(s) to engage in IPE
  5. Develop an IPE experience for students in your setting
  6. Understand options for evaluating students’ achievement of interprofessional competencies

[1] Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (2010). A national interprofessional competency framework.
[2] World Health Organization (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice.