Interprofessional Education (IPE): Information and Activities
IPE Definition

"IPE occurs when two or more professions learn about, with, and from each other in order to improve collaboration and the quality of care.” Centre on Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE, 2002)

IPE for health professions is a major culture shift in our changing health and education environments and through which there are many benefits for patients, health care providers, students, and rewarding work environments.  IPE is a teaching philosophy that requires students from different professions to learn about, with and from each other. 

Collaborative Practice Competencies
1. Patient Centered Care
2. Role Clarification
3. Team Functioning
4. Collaborative Leadership
5. Interprofessional Communication
6. Interprofessional Conflict Resolution

Max Rady College of Medicine

The Max Rady College of Medicine is committed to the integration of interprofessional education opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students, using the Can MEDS collaborator role learning objectives as a foundation. The CanMEDS collaborator role competencies, created by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) have been adopted by the College of Family Medicine of Canada (CFPC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) for undergraduate medical students. Historically, the CanMEDS collaborator role was taught in didactic seminars or at the bedside using an apprenticeship model as the teaching method. This time-honoured method has now been replaced by requirements for explicit learning opportunities for students and residents from different professions to learn about, with, and from each other, to increase professional role clarity for shared care and to improve strategies for conflict resolution. The evidence is strong that patient-centered collaborative practice will enhance patient safety, quality of care and will improve career satisfaction.


National accreditation standards for IPE have been harmonized for 6 health professions including medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy and social work.

There were over 20 faculty members, staff and medical students actively participating in the 6 IPE working groups of the University of Manitoba IPE initiative. Stay tuned for more IPE information as it transitions within the new Rady Faculty of Health Sciences!