Interprofessional Education (IPE) has been defined as "an educational process through which students and practitioners are provided with structured opportunities for shared learning. IPE occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care." (CAIPE, 2002).
At the University of Saskatchewan, health sciences students and health practitioners from various professions learn together to improve the health of individuals, families, communities and populations. Shared problem solving and decision-making activities in the classroom and in clinical settings build relationships by developing mutual understanding of and respect for each team member.
The interprofessional education core curriculum is currently being developed by the academic health sciences curriculum chairs committee. Throughout the next integrated planning cycle, they will identify and address student education issues that are of mutual interest to existing and future health science programs at the University of Saskatchewan.
For information and updates on Interprofessional Education initiatives, visit www.usask.ca/ipe
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