Interprofessional Education Symposium

This past Friday, Nov. 11, 210 third year medical technology and social service students, faculty, and staff participated in the first ever Interprofessional Education Symposium. The learning objectives of the day included conflict resolution, collective competence, collective care, and critical hope. A mixture of active learning strategies, creative writing, discussions, two live theatre productions, guest speakers, and collaborative design all helped reinforce the learning objectives.

The team is still processing the impact of the day. We will have more to share in a few weeks. In the meantime, here are just a few of the comments we’ve received from the students so far.

Physiotherapy Technology student Sarah Levy said “throughout my three years in the Physiotherapy Technology program, I’ve been able to lean on my fellow classmates during the many challenging moments. What I’ve learned from this IPE Symposium is that my network of who I can lean on is larger than I thought. I feel fortunate to have been able to make these connections as I can see them being useful in the workplace.”

Elijah Noel, a Social Service student, said “it was a pleasure gaining a new in-depth understanding of the five other disciples through interactive workshops which were a welcome change to schedule. Through active learning, we were able to leave the symposium with a melting pot of ideas and resources from students and staff from programs throughout the health care sector.”

 “I found the symposium to be very engaging” said Shyam Patel, a Biomedical Laboratory Technology student. “It was nice to meet others who will be working in the health system who come from different disciplines. The symposium was personable, as we could all relate to the stress of our future careers. It was nice to learn that we all have similar stressors, goals, and interests for healthcare in the future.”

The team would like to thank the Student Success Action Plan, Dawson Peace Centre, Sustainable Dawson, Creative Collective for Change, Campus Life and Leadership, Dawson Theatre Program, Office of Academic Development, Entente Canada-Quebec, and both the Academic Dean’s and the Science Medical Studies and Engineering Dean’s offices for their support.

Stay tuned for more in a few weeks:)

Last Modified: January 10, 2024