Patient mentor speaks with students at the 2015 IP Pathway Launch.
(Edmonton) On September 11, over 800 students from 12 health sciences programs teamed up to learn about collaborative practice at the fifth annual Interprofessional (IP) Pathway Launch. The three-hour Launch introduces IP competencies to students at the very beginning of their health sciences education, in the first year of their programs. After a joint introductory session, students are organized into IP teams to tackle a case study, meet with professional regulatory bodies and have a conversation with a patient mentor. These activities focus on developing communication skills and building the kinds of interprofessional relationships that will support students through their education and into the practice setting. The IP Pathway Launch gives students a preview of how health teams form and collaborate, and introduces skills that are essential to their future practice.
The IP Pathway Launch is an initiative co-hosted by the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons (HSERC), health sciences faculties and involves our community partners.