Learning Together to Practice Collaboratively: Some Principles for IPE

Des Moines, IA US
January 12, 2012

While not a new concept, Interprofessional Education (IPE) has generated considerable interest in the past several years. IPE involves more than simply having students from various programs taking common classes together. An IPE curriculum is designed to promote an understanding, appreciation and application of the roles, talents and responsibilities of the members of the health care team. The Winter IAMSE webcast seminar series brings together a collection of the leaders and programs that have implemented successful IPE activities. This series will begin with an overview of IPE and how it has grown over the years followed by a perspective on what is involved in developing a successful program. Specific sessions will include: An IPE course incorporating a community-based service learning project, an IPE Honors Colloquium, clinical clerkship IPE experiences, a comprehensive curricular design and a set of IPE activities including the requisite faculty development to make it all happen.

In this session I will cover a little of the history of interprofessional education for patient centred collaborative practice. I will then discuss some fundamental principles that need to be acknowledged and systematized if IPE/ICP are to realized on university and college campuses and across health care systems.


John H.V. Gilbert, CM, PhD, FCAHS

Dr. John Gilbert is founding Principal & Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciplines, UBC where he was also founding Director of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. It was his vision and leadership that led to the concept of interprofessional education being developed as a central tenet of team-based collaborative patient-centred practice and care. Many universities, colleges, and institutes across Canada, and globally, are now developing these concepts as part of health sciences training.

Throughout his long career he has served on many national and international boards and committees.

His many honours include:

  • a Fulbright Scholarship
  • a David Ross Research Fellowship
  • a Medical Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Scholarship
  • the Outstanding Alumnus Award of the School of Liberal Arts, Purdue University
  • a UBC Isaac Killam-Walton Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 50th Anniversary Medal for outstanding service to the UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Medal for Outstanding Professional Achievement, Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Honours of the Association, British Columbia Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists;

  • bullet    The Distinguished Service Award of the British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • The National Health Sciences Student's Interprofessional Mentorship Award. This award is now named in honour of Dr. Gilbert
  • The Dr. John H.V. Gilbert Interprofessional Scholarship at UBC named in honour of Dr. Gilbert on his retirement from UBC

John is immediate Past President, International Association for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. Served on the Board of the Victorian Order of Nurses; was Chair of the Women's Health Research Institute; was Co-Chair of the WHO Study Group on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice, and during the 2008-2009 academic years, he was Virtual Visiting Scholar, Humber College, Toronto, and recently retired from Health Canada's FTP Collaborating Committee on Entry to Practice Credentials

At the present time he serves on Health Canada's FTP committee on Health Education Policy Taskforce; the Boards of the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto; the British Columbia Health Education Foundation; the School of Health Sciences Advisory Committee of the Justice Institute of BC, and is appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on British Columbia's Patient Care Quality Review Board. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and Co-Editor of the open access Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education. He is Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University; Visiting Adjunct Professor at the National University of Malaysia, External Scholar Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University, and a member of the Steering Committee of the WHO Health Professions Global Network. John was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2009 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, July 2011. John is Project Lead and Chair, the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative, funded by Health Canada.

Course summary
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  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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01/12/2012 - 11:00am CST
Event ends: 
01/12/2012 - 12:00pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

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