Traveling Through the Professions

On Saturday, November 16, second year dental students Alicia Gordon and Zahava Bagola represented Schulich Dentistry at the Traveling Through the Professions workshop at the Fanshawe College Open House. The workshop focused on Interprofessional Education and Practice, and brought together students representing several professions from Western, Fanshawe, and the University of Waterloo. The workshop employed a simulation to build on and expand students’ understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different professions, and how they could work collaboratively to provide integrated care for patients in the Ontario health system.

All second year dentistry students participated in a similar workshop organized by Dr. Shawn Steele and Ms. Lara Timler on November 12, which united dental students from Western University and hygiene students from Fanshawe College to develop their interprofessional collaboration through a role clarity activity and the completion of a case study.

Upcoming interprofessional education and collaboration events include Interprofessional Education (IPE) day on Monday, March 9, 2020. IPE day is an interprofessional education workshop that is part of second year dentistry students’ curriculum this year. The workshop will gather students from a variety of health care-related professions from different institutions. Students will learn about collaborative health care teams and what interprofessional collaboration can mean for patient-centred outcomes.

The students involved will include:
Western University:
• Dentistry - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
• Medicine - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
• Nursing – Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences
• Nutrition – Brescia University College
• Occupational Therapy – School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
• Physical Therapy – School of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
• Social Work – King’s University College

University of Waterloo:
• School of Optometry & Vision Science
• School of Pharmacy
• School of Social Work – Renison University College

Each health care profession is actively recruiting facilitators. If you are interested in participating as a facilitator, please contact Dr. Cecilia Dong, Dentistry Lead for Interprofessional Education ( Training and lunch are provided for facilitators starting at 11:00 am. The IPE Day program for students will take place between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm (student registration at noon).

For additional information on Interprofessional Education and Practice Office, please see the IPEP website and Facebook page.

Students can register for our next workshop on January 21, Palliative Care and End of Life Care Considerationshere. 


Pictured above: On Tuesday November 12, Dentistry and Hygiene students came together for an afternoon workshop which focused on developing interprofessional collaboration through interactive activities and the completion of a case study.