The Faculty Champions are representatives from each of the five faculties and schools involved in the project:
Ruby E. Grymonpre BSc(Pharm), PharmD, FCSHP
Dr. Ruby Grymonpre is a professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy with cross-appointments at the University with the Sections of Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Grymonpre got involved with the IEGC project by responding to the Health Canada Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Patient Centred Practice (IECPCP) call for proposals. Knowing that the fundamental principles of geriatric care are consistent with collaborative patient centred practice coupled with her experiences in Geriatric Pharmacy, Dr. Grymonpre was confident that the University of Manitoba had the people and places necessary to implement a successful project. In addition to being the Principal Investigator of the IEGC project, Dr. Grymonpre also serves as Faculty Champion for the Faculty of Pharmacy and is a member of the Faculty Learner Domain group.
The IEGC project provides Dr. Grymonpre with an excellent opportunity to achieve one of her longstanding career goals—to further develop an interdisciplinary education, service and research capacity involving geriatric pharmacy within the University of Manitoba and other centres in Canada and elsewhere.
For the IEGC project, which ends March 31, 2008, Dr. Grymonpre has optimistic goals for the project. She hopes that the University of Manitoba and the participating practice sites will agree that the collaborative format of the Interprofessional Education experience is a meaningful way of educating health professionals and students about interprofessional teaming. One legacy she hopes the project will leave for the students, clinicians, and administrators of the practice educational institutions would be the eventual harmonizing of the clinical block schedules.
The general premise of the IEGC project is that the best environment to develop interprofessional collaborative skills is one that involves students from multiple disciplines as active participants in a collaborative patient centred care site. The project has developed educational programs where students work as active members of existing clinical teams, assist in care planning, and provide treatment/interventions for day hospitals. Feedback to date has suggested that students and clinicians feel that this collaboration is a beneficial way to develop and practice teaming skills, and discipline specific skills.
Since the project commenced in July 2005, Dr. Grymonpre has contributed to posters and abstracts presented with the IEGC team and presented the IEGC project at various seminars and conferences locally and internationally. In April 2006, she presented one of two posters entitled Interprofessional Education in Geriatric Care at the All Together Better Health III conference in London, England.
Since her involvement with the IEGC project, Dr. Grymonpre has been invited to sit on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) and will represent the Faculty of Pharmacy on the Improving Health Care Initiative: Health Professions Education Collaborative (IHI-HPEC).
Cornelia van Ineveld MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
Dr. Cornelia van Ineveld is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Section of Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. She specializes in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and works as a consultant in St. Boniface and Riverview Day Hospitals and with the Geriatric Program Assessment Teams. She volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba. In addition to being the co-investigator of the IEGC project, Dr. van Ineveld also serves as Faculty Champion for the Faculty of Medicine, is a member of the Student Learner Domain group, and is a member of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).
Dr. van Ineveld became involved in the IEGC project when she was approached by Dr. Grymonpre, who wanted input for the project from the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to the IEGC project, Dr. van Ineveld and Dr. Grymonpre had a working relationship as members of the Section of Geriatric Medicine and had worked together at St. Boniface General Hospital Geriatric Day Hospital.
She became involved in the IEGC project because the project addressed all of her passions—day hospital, education, and innovation. Through this project Dr. van Ineveld hopes that the day hospital teams in Winnipeg, whose strength is functioning as strong interdisciplinary units, use the project as an opportunity to become recognized as leaders in their areas of expertise—interprofessional teaming. Dr. van Ineveld hopes to showcase the excellent work of the day hospital staff in Winnipeg and she hopes to have an innovative, sustainable educational experience at the end of the project.
Since the project commenced in July 2005, Dr. van Ineveld has contributed to posters and abstracts presented with the IEGC team and has presented the IEGC project at various seminars and conferences locally and nationally.
Ann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation. Ann is one of two Faculty Champions for the Department of Occupational Therapy, is a member of the Faculty Learning Domain group, and is a member of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).
Ann became involved with the IEGC project because of her interest in identifying, understanding, and evaluating the key indicators of an effective interprofessional education program. Her interest in the project if focused on an evaluation point of view where she asks, What are the key behavioral indicators of an effective short-term interprofessional team? Once identified, how can they be facilitated within an educational program? How can the educational intervention be evaluated?
Ann’s area of interest and expertise is in program development and evaluation. As occupational therapists are increasing their involvement in collaborative practice as a team member, the knowledge and skills of an interprofessional practitioner need to be introduced and reinforced in the educational program at the University.
Since the project commenced in July 2005, Ann has contributed to posters and abstracts presented with the IEGC team.
Fiona Jensen RN, MSN
Fiona Jensen is an Instructor in the Faculty of Nursing and has been involved in nursing education for 20 years. Fiona became interested in gerontology while working as a nurse educator. Her areas of teaching focus are nursing care of the older adult and their families in the undergraduate program and advanced health assessment in the Nurse Practitioner Masters program. Fiona serves as Faculty Champion for the Faculty of Nursing, is a member of the Clinical Team Learner Domain group, and is a member of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).
Fiona’s involvement with the IEGC project started when she was approached by the Dean of Nursing because of her interest in gerontology and primary care. Fiona sees the IEGC project as an opportunity for nursing students to build teaming skills with other professionals in a patient care setting as they transition from the student nurse role to a graduate nurse.
She was attracted to the project by the opportunity to work with and to build relationships with faculty members of other health disciplines which reflect her belief in the value and need for interprofessional team work in geriatric care settings. Assisting the health care team to integrate interprofessional team concepts has the potential to improve team function and health outcomes for older clients and their families.
As a nurse, Fiona is interested in learning more about interprofessional clinical team work and building her own knowledge base and experience. One of her long-term goals is to integrate the concepts central to interprofessional patient care into existing nursing courses.
Through the IEGC project, Fiona would like to seek out more opportunity for academic growth, liase with the larger clinical community, become familiar with other interprofessional projects, and create her own opportunities for conferences and presentations.
Since the project commenced in July 2005, Fiona has contributed to posters and abstracts presented with the IEGC team.
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Theresa Sullivan, BSc(OT), MA
Theresa Sullivan is a Senior Instructor in the Occupational Therapy Department, School of Medical Rehabilitation where she previously held the position of the Department’s Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. She has a cross-appointment with the Medical Education Department. Theresa is one of two Faculty Champions for the Occupational Therapy Department, is a member of the Faculty Learning Domain group, and is a member of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) Knowledge Translation Subcommittee.
Theresa got involved with the IEGC project when she was working as the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Ruby Grymonpre approached the School of Medical Rehabilitation looking for faculty members who would be interested in being a member of an interprofessional team. One of the central ideas for the project was to involve students in interprofessional education while they were completing their field placements. As the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Theresa thought the project would be a great learning experience and an opportunity to contribute to educational innovation.
Through this project, Theresa hopes to learn more about her colleagues and their respective professions. As a member of the IEGC team she hopes to develop and expand her knowledge about interprofessional education so that she can be a faculty resource within her Department. She hopes to be able to develop and actualize innovative ideas for interprofessional education that will help prepare students to be better health care practitioners.
Since the project commenced in July 2005, Theresa has contributed to posters and abstracts presented by the IEGC team and presented the IEGC project at local seminars. In June 2007, she provided the keynote address entitled Collaborating in Clinical Education: Learning With, From and About Each Other at the Clinical Education day School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University.
Click here to view Theresa's academic profile on the School of Medical Rehabilitation home page.
Jenneth Swinamer BPT, MSA (Health)
Jenneth Swinamer is an Associate Professor and Department Head, Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation. Currently, Jenneth is the Chair of the Canadian Universities Physical Therapy Academic Council and a member of a local community Board: Community Therapy Services of Manitoba. She serves as one of the Faculty Champions for the Department of Physical Therapy, is a member of the Clinical Team Learner Domain group, and is a member of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).
Jenneth got involved in the IEGC project by volunteering to be a part of the project as a member of the research team after reading and contributing to Dr. Grymonpre’s original proposal. She has been interested in interprofessional education for several years. As health care moved from conventional departmental structures to program management structures the concept of interprofessional teams and teaming was forced upon many health workers without adequate preparation. Jenneth believes there needed to be a way to prepare health professionals for this new way of working together and being effective in a team. She facilitated a group of students from six health disciplines in an interdisciplinary teaming course at the University of Alberta. This experience gave Jenneth the insight to understand that there are knowledge and skills and teaching methodologies that can facilitate learning about interprofessional teams and teaming.
Her expectations for the project are to learn more about the intricacies of interprofessional education and teaming, to contribute to some of the research elements, and to assist in the dissemination of the “learnings” and findings of the project.
Since the project commenced in July 2005, Jenneth has presented the IEGC project at various seminars and conferences locally and nationally and has contributed to posters and abstracts presented with the IEGC team. In June/July 2006, she co-presented, with Dr. Leah Weinberg, two platform presentations at the Canadian Physical Therapy Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Leah Weinberg BPT, MSc, PhD
Dr. Leah Weinberg (PhD) is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation. Leah is one of two Faculty Champions for the Department of Physical Therapy and is a member of the Clinical Team Learner Domain group. She has been teaching Geriatrics and Gerontology to physical therapy pre-licensure students for approximately 20 years and post-graduate courses in Geriatrics/Gerontology for the past five years. Leah also conducts research focusing on older adults in the areas of geriatric rehabilitation and social cognition (perceived control). Recently, Leah has become the Chair of the Seniors' Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and plans to disseminate information about the IEGC project and IECPCP to the division as well as to CPA members generally.
Her understanding of the principles of geriatric medicine, clinical experience with various teams in the care and rehabilitation of older adults, teaching geriatrics/gerontology in the department of Physical Therapy (School of Medical Rehabilitation), and long-standing relationship with Dr. Grymonpre led to her involvement as a Faculty Champion for the Interprofessional Education for Geriatric Care project. Leah has a major interest in the health and function of older adults, the team approach to health care of older adults, as well as the sense of control older adults have over their own health and functional ability.
The IEGC project has provided Leah with a formal opportunity to study and develop skills in the delivery of interprofessional education for collaborative patient centred practice. She has achieved a Continuing Education certificate from the University of Toronto titled "Interprofessional Education Faculty Development Certificate Program Developing Leaders in Interprofessional Education" sponsored by the Office of Interprofessional Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. This will allow Leah to be a faculty resource within her department, the School of Medical Rehabilitation, the Faculty of Medicine, and the University of Manitoba as a whole.
Her goal is to continue to develop expertise in the development and implementation of interprofessional education for pre-licensure and post-licensure health professionals and to enhance her interprofessional knowledge and teaching in relation to the delivery of health care to (older adults and other age groups) clients/patients. To this end, Leah is a member of the Curricula Committee of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and is working with other health professionals to ensure the sustainability of interprofessional education within the University of Manitoba.
Since the project began in July 2005, Dr. Weinberg, along with her colleague and co-author Jenneth Swinamer, have presented platform presentations and posters on the work of the Clinical Learner Domain at the World Congress of Physiotherapy in Vancouver, BC in 2007 and at the Canadian Physiotherapy Congress in St. John, Nova Scotia in 2006. She has also contributed to other abstracts and posters presented with the IEGC team locally and nationally and internationally. She will be presenting a poster at the international conference "Collaborating Across Borders An American-Canadian Dialogue on Interprofessional Health Education" along with her co-author Jenneth Swinamer; the conference is being held in Minneapolis October 24-26, 2007.