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Interprofessional Education (IPE)

** IPE program requirements are voluntary and separate from requirements for the MSW degree **

All health professional students have the opportunity to develop collaborative competencies through the integrated developmental Interprofessional Education (IPE) Curriculum in both the university and practice settings. The goal of IPE is to prepare health professional students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for collaborative interprofessional practice.

Over the course of the curriculum, students engage in a minimum number of approved core and elective learning activities according to their program requirements. Electives are facilitated by university and clinical faculty and include interactive sessions, simulations, patient/client/family stories, clinical team-led cases and discussion, student team-based activities, community clinic engagement, as well as facilitated blended learning activities. Students will receive weekly emails from the Centre for IPE about upcoming IPE activities.

Please visit the Centre for Interprofessional Education Website for information about IPE at the University of Toronto, including curriculum FAQs.


IPE Curriculum Requirements

Social Work Students are NOT required to complete the Interprofessional Education Curriculum; however, it is highly recommended.

MSW students who wish to complete the IPE Curriculum and receive a Letter of Completion must meet the following requirements:

MSW Two-Year Program IPE Requirements

MSW Advanced Standing IPE Requirements

It is advised that students who will be completing the IPE Curriculum inform the Centre for IPE at ipe.utoronto@utoronto.ca to be preregistered for the required core learning activities.

Please note that all health science students, including MSW students, are required to complete the core activity “Teamwork: Your Future in Interprofessional Healthcare” as part of their professional programs and will be automatically enrolled in this activity. All other core and elective IPE activities are optional for MSW students.

Students can browse and register for IPE learning activities through the IPE Management System. Here, students can also view their student record where their required and completed IPE learning activities are recorded.

All Social Work students are automatically enrolled in the IPE Program/Curriculum on Quercus where they receive relevant announcements and can access information about the IPE program and learning activities. The Introduction to IPE Modules on Quercus are optional for MSW students to complete.

If you have any questions about registering for activities or your attendance record, please contact ipe.utoronto@utoronto.ca.


IPE Component in a Practice Setting

Students are advised to consult with their placement supervisor to determine whether they will complete a Structured IPE Placement or Flexible IPE Placement. This core IPE requirement can be completed during any MSW practicum.

Structured IPE Placements are typically offered within clinical, hospital settings including many of the TAHSN (Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network) sites in Toronto. Structured IPE Placements are organized internally within an organization and offered to students on placement during a certain period of time in the year. Placement supervisors will typically inform their students if a Structured IPE Placement is available. Upon completing the Structured IPE Placement, students will receive a certificate of completion. Students are responsible for sending a copy of the certificate to the Centre for IPE and their student IPE record will be updated for the IPE Component in a Practice Setting requirement.

If the student is NOT completing a Structured IPE Placement, they will need to work with their supervisor to complete the 3 Flexible IPE Placement Activities. These must be completed within the same placement. Students completing the Flexible IPE Placement must submit their 3 Post-Activity Reflection Questions to their placement supervisor. The placement supervisor will then email the Centre for IPE directly to confirm completion in order to update the student’s IPE record for the IPE Component in a Practice Setting requirement.

If you have any questions about how to complete the IPE Component in a Practice Setting, please contact the Social Work IPE Program Leads (see below).


Interprofessional Health, Arts and Humanities Certificate Program

The Interprofessional HAH Certificate Program is a partnership between the Health, Arts and Humanities Program (http://health-humanities.com/) and the Centre for IPE at the University of Toronto. It is a specialty program offered within the IPE Curriculum portfolio. The aim of the certificate program is to foster the development of collaborative, patient/client-centered care as well to promote self-care.

The program is designed to advance a deeper understanding of health, illness, suffering, disability and the provision of healthcare by creating a community of scholars in the arts, humanities and clinical sciences. Previous iterations of the program have been well received by learners from across the health professions, allowing learners to employ arts-based modalities to enhance reflection, to deepen collegial dialogue, and to explore creative options for renewal and for maintaining wellbeing and resilience.

Interested students must apply for acceptance into the Certificate Program and will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completing all requirements.

MSW students that are completing both the Interprofessional HAH Certificate Program and the IPE Curriculum can apply the applicable arts-based electives offered through the Centre for IPE (e.g. Global Health Film Fest, Reader’s Theatre, Interprofessional Literary Reflections) towards their MSW IPE requirements as well.


Interprofessional Health Students Association (IPHSA)

​IPHSA is an elected group of student representatives from the various Health Care faculties at the University of Toronto who are participating in and promoting interprofessional education (IPE) within these faculties. IPHSA provides opportunities for healthcare students to connect by organizing student networking events, creating avenues for advocacy, and by identifying relevant workshops for students to get exposed to diverse healthcare expertise.

All Social Work students are automatically IPHSA members and are eligible to run for an IPHSA position through the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Two IPHSA/IPE Student representatives from Social Work are elected each year during the GSA elections. If you would like to take on an active role with IPHSA and/or would not like to run through the GSA, please consider applying to one of the IPHSA committees.

Visit iphsaipe.weebly.com or like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Iphsa/ for more information.


For general inquiries about IPE, please contact ipe.utoronto@utoronto.ca.

For questions regarding the MSW IPE requirements, or social work and interprofessional practice, please contact the Social Work IPE Program Leads: keith.adamson@utoronto.ca, rachelle.ashcroft@utoronto.ca

Looking for answers to questions about IPE from a student perspective?
Contact your IPE MSW Student Representatives Sabrina Yacoub or Tracey Ragnanan at fifsw.ipe@utoronto.ca.


Interested in learning more about IPE? Assistant Professors Keith Adamson and Rachelle Ashcroft recently published the article: “Integrating Social Work Into Interprofessional Education: A Review of One Univeristy’s Curriculum to Prepare Students for Collaborative Practice in Healthcare,” published in Advances in Social Work.