Interprofessional Collaboration
Collaborative care is defined as occurring “…when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds provide comprehensive services by working with patients, their families, caregivers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings” (WHO, 2010). Interprofessional education (IPE) is a teaching strategy to prepare and inspire students to strive towards providing excellent collaborative care across practice settings. 

In response, the Deans of the Rady Faculty created the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration (OIPC) in 2015, tasked with the development of a curriculum focused on enriching collaborative skills for interprofessional practice. One faculty member from each of the five Rady Faculty Colleges (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences) was appointed part-time to the OIPC. The OIPC’s key objective is to expose all Rady Faculty students to the six competencies of interprofessional collaboration, including: role clarification, team functioning, collaborative leadership, interprofessional conflict resolution, interprofessional communication, and client/patient/family/community-centred care (CIHC, 2010).

To this end, beginning in the fall of 2016, all first year learners across the Rady Faculty are placed into interprofessional teams, with whom they learn with, from and about one another over a two-year time frame. The roughly 600 learners stem from nine different health professional programs, including dental hygiene, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistants, and respiratory therapy. A blended learning approach (Figure) delivers foundational education in interprofessional collaborative practice, combining face-to-face activities with on-line facilitated discussions, embedded within existing program courses.  Overarching curricular themes for the two years are population health in the first year and patient safety and quality care in the second year, while interprofessional collaboration is threaded throughout.

Moni Fricke, BMR (PT), MSc, PhD
Director and CoRS Lead, Office of Interprofessional Collaboration
Dr. Fricke has been with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba for almost 20 years in a variety of roles including teaching and administrative leadership. She was the Chair of Admissions and Selections for the entry-to-practice physical therapy program from 1999 to 2016; the inaugural Coordinator of the Medical Rehabilitation Program in 2000 of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit Inuit Health Program, a program that continues under the governance of Ongomiizwin Health Services; and since 2016 has been the College of Rehabilitation Sciences representative to the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration. She has received recognition through a number of awards including the CoRS Continuing Competence and Assessment Educator of the Year Award in 2018, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators National Award of Distinction in 2014, and the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association Leonore Saunders Mentorship Award in 2010.

Dr. Fricke earned her MSc and PhD degrees from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, focusing on rehabilitation issues in remote First Nations communities in northern Manitoba. Throughout her career, Dr. Fricke has been a strong proponent of interprofessional collaborative care.  She has been involved in the development of numerous interprofessional learning opportunities at the University of Manitoba as well as interprofessional initiatives in health professional regulation.

Gayle Halas, PhD
Rady Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
The role of the Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice is to build upon collaborative relationships between educational and practice systems and thereby promote excellence in patient care, quality and safety.
Dr. Halas is a health-care researcher, educator and leader. She has been a member of the University of Manitoba education and research community since 1999, first as a clinical instructor in dental hygiene and more recently as an assistant professor and research director in the Department of Family Medicine at the Max Rady College of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Manitoba Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network – a CIHR strategy for patient-oriented research designed to connect people, resources and opportunities for research and knowledge sharing. In 2018, Dr. Halas was the recipient of the University of Manitoba School of Dental Hygiene Alumni Association Alumni of Distinction Award.

Lisa Mendez, BMR (OT), MOT
Interprofessional Practice Coordinator
Lisa was appointed to the role of Interprofessional Practice Coordinator in 2017.  Lisa supports interprofessional practice placements in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and, in particular, establishes opportunities in northern and rural communities.  Lisa coordinates an interprofessional community engagement program where students are given the opportunity to learn from, with, and about each other while learning about an Indigenous community, its people, and its health services. This program was recently named Ndinawemaaganag by our Elder-in-Residence meaning “All My Relations” to reflect the relationships students build with each other and the community.  
Lisa is also an Instructor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences and has over 14 years of experience recruiting and supporting fieldwork placements in for the Master of Occupational Therapy program.  Prior to working at the University of Manitoba she worked on interprofessional teams in a pediatric rehabilitation centre, school divisions, a community based private practice, and a northern health program. Although she has always been based in Winnipeg, this clinical work mainly occurred in rural and remote communities within Manitoba and Nunavut. .  


Camisha Mayes MD, CCFP
Camisha joined the Max Rady College of Medicine in 2012 as a lecturer within the Department of Family Medicine and a physician with Ongomiizwin Health Services (previously known as J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit). She has worked in urban, rural and northern clinical settings, working within interprofessional teams. As her role in medical leadership, she has worked with various communities and clinical teams to improve interdisciplinary services in order to increase access to safe health services and improve patient care. She currently works with the Addiction Foundation of Manitoba and is the Medical Director at the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Center. She is passionate about collaborative care and brings her enthusiasm and experience to our team. 

Lori Davis RN, MN
Lori joined the College of Nursing as in instructor in 2018.  Lori has worked within the WRHA in a variety of roles during her nursing career.  Her nursing passion is the world of NICU, discharge planning of the complex client from an acute care facility to the community and interprofessional collaboration within the healthcare team.  Lori teaches in the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing program with a focus on interprofessional collaboration, family health, facilitating in the pediatric SIM lab and supervising students in their senior practicum. 

Laura MacDonald, RDH, M.Ed.
Laura MacDonald is an Associate Professor with the School of Dental Hygiene/Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. She is one of the five academics appointed to the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration. Laura has over 30 years of experience as an educator at the University of Manitoba.  Her passion is scholarship in teaching and learning. She believes in the phrase ‘all together better health’ and was a mover and shaker within the University of Manitoba to promote interprofessional collaboration through interprofessional education. Laura has developed faculty workshops, guides, and  teaching/learning tools to facilitate faculty learning to be interprofessional collaborative educators.  These have been shared/disseminated internationally. Laura’s primary responsibility has been teaching; however, she has a sure and steady commitment to being scholarly in her work as is evidenced by numerous publications in diverse and international journals.  Laura is a licensed dental hygienist. She was instrumental in establishing oral hygiene surveillance and education as part of the Diabetes Education and Resource Center for Adolescents (DERCA) at the Children’s Hospital, Winnipeg Health Science Center. Being part of the interprofessional collaboration culture at the University of Manitoba, helping to make it part of the way we teach and how students learn to be health professionals is what drives Laura’s passion and scholarship as an academic with the University of Manitoba.

Alexandra Cooper, RPh, ACPR, BCGP
Alexandra graduated from the University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy in 2010, completed an Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Residency Program (ACPR) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and obtained her designation as a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP). For several years, Alexandra was a clinical pharmacist at Sunnybrook in a variety of inpatient areas. She has practiced as a community pharmacist, including at the Hospital for Sick Children outpatient pharmacy in Toronto, and in addition to her role at the College continues to works as a pharmacist at MediSystem. Alexandra enjoys precepting Pharmacy students and believes interprofessional collaboration is the underpinning of successful patient care.

Shannon Bloodworth, Administrative Assistant
Shannon comes to the OIPC with several years of experience at the U of M under their belt. Working as a writing tutor, Shannon realized the value of collaboration and diverse perspectives when it came to problem-solving. Shannon previously worked for the College of Medicine as the receptionist for UGME and is excited to learn about and collaborate with the other programs that make up RFHS.


OIPC Organizational chart

IPE in the News

Additional Resources

OIPC Newsletters

Links to Lectures


The Office of Interprofessional Collaboration
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Phone: 204-789-3309 | Fax: 204-789-3929

290 Brodie Centre
750 Bannatyne Ave,
Winnipeg, MB  R3E 0W2















Moni Fricke

Gayle Halas

Lisa M
Lisa Mendez

Camisha Mayes

Lori Davis

Laura MacDonald

Alexandra Cooper

Shannon Bloodworth