app_type_hospital_512px_GREYAn interprofessional workshop series. Our 8th workshop in the 2014/2015 series is “Outbreak Investigation: A case study in interprofessional collaboration”.


  • Richard Meldrum, Associate Director, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University
  • Eric Liberda, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University
  • Jordan Tustin, Assistant Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University

Description:  This workshop puts you into the hot seat during an outbreak investigation.  You will be part of the Outbreak Control Team, an interprofessional team investigating an illness in a children’s ward of a rural hospital.  Time is not on your side.  You have concerned parents asking for answers, you have ill children, you have worried hospital management, you have the local and national media chasing you for answers and, despite all this external pressure, you have to carry out a comprehensive investigation to make sure that you find the right answer, the smoking gun.

You need to work collaboratively to understand your own role and scope within the scenario, while integrating other disciplines onto the team, ensuring team functioning, effective communication and client-centered care.

Date: March 19, 2015; 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Room: KHW 362

Please contact Sanne at to RSVP.

Why go?

What is IPE?

Interprofessional Education (IPE) is defined as “…. two or more professions learning with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.” (CAIPE, 1997).  John Gilbert (2005), a leader in this field, argues that IPE is not a synonym for teamwork or for collaborative practice. Rather, IPE is about purposeful and engaged collegiality, building collaborative learning environments with the goal of improving the quality of care and/or service.

The term interprofessional education (IPE) is used in the literature and in the field to describe educational activities that are explicitly designed to increase learning with, from and about other professionals.  The goals of Interprofessional Education are Interprofessional Practice (IPP), and ultimately, Interprofessional Care.

Why is IPE relevant to students?  

Students who have an opportunity to learn with, from and about other disciplines have an enriched understanding of their own disciplinary roles as well the roles of other disciplines and professions. The knowledge and skill that can be developed through IPE is critical for successful practice in any profession. IPE Matters! is an opportunity to learn with, from and about other disciplines.

Why is IPE important?

Interprofessional education initiatives are important because of their potential to enhance practice. Freeth, Hammick, Reeves, Koppel and Barr (2005) describe interprofessional education (IPE) as a means to secure interprofessional learning. IPE promotes interprofessional collaboration and enhances professional practice and care. In other words, IPE enhances the knowledge of students and future workers in the field. In doing so, it encourages a holistic model of collaboration and increases the potential for addressing inequities in care and service relationships.

IPEM Poster SOPHe March 19 2015