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Interprofessional Education Program

“Interprofessional Education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.”

- (World Health Organization, Framework for Action on IPE and Collaborative Practice, 2010)

“Interprofessional collaboration is a partnership between a team of health providers and a client in a participatory, collaborative, and coordinated approach to shared decision-making around health and social issues.”

- (Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, 2010)

Since the inception of Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) in 2005, there has been an active effort to involve coordinators, preceptors, and students in interprofessional learning (IPL) through a variety of training methods. The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program provides a variety of services that allow for both academic and clinical engagement by learners, faculty and staff. These experiences introduce the competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors, and values) necessary to function as a competent member of a quality health-care team. 

NOSM’s learners participate in interprofessional experiences at the School’s two main campuses – Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and Laurentian University Sudbury – and in 41 other communities across Northern Ontario in the following programs: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, audiology, dietetics, medicine, and physician assistant. Many clinical facilities also host learners in nursing, radiation therapy, respiratory therapy, social work, and many other health disciplines. Many clinical facilities also host learners in nursing, radiation technology, respiratory therapy, social work, and many other health disciplines. At NOSM, clinical placements are the vehicles that bring non-medical learners to the North for an exceptional learning experience.  

IPE Program provides the following services:

  • Interprofessional leadership training (i.e. FLIC Training)
  • Interprofessional education series targeting IPE competencies
  • Student, preceptor, and clinical site interprofessional collaborative engagement
  • Orientation to learners on clinical placement
  • IPE tutor and facilitator services

The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative National Competency Framework (2010) provides the foundation for our interprofessional learning opportunities. IP sessions are designed to meet the level of the learner (i.e. exposure level, immersion level, mastery level), and address some or all of the following competencies:

  • Communication
  • Role clarification
  • Patient/client/family/community-centred care
  • Team functioning
  • Interprofessional conflict


The Huddle

The Health Sciences Huddle is dedicated to Health Science Clinical Educator and student community of Northern Ontario. The newsletter was designed to build awareness of the unique skills and contributions of our clinical community within the vast geography of Northern Ontario. The goal of the newsletter is to recognize, understand, and share knowledge amongst preceptors and students who contribute to our Northern Ontario learning community! 

This newsletter is also a platform to highlight both past and upcoming clinical learning opportunities at NOSM. 

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