Interprofessional First-Year Student Event

Students gather in the Sculpture Court to mingle and enjoy pizza following the IPHE Event.

First-Year Entry-to-Practice students from the Faculties of Dentistry, Health Professions,  and Medicine – numbering nearly 1000 – gathered at the Rebecca Cohn on September 25, 2012 for the annual Interprofessional Student Event. Paralympic gold medalist Paul Tingley, along with his physiotherapist Judy Lugar and coach Colin Guthrie, spoke to the students about the importance of collaborative, team-based healthcare. Afterwards, the students gathered in the Sculpture Court to interact and enjoy some pizza.

Many thanks to all of the students who came out, and those who gave their time to organize this successful event!

SHA Convocation Breakfast

The 2012 Graduation Breakfast gets underway.

On Monday, May 28th the School of Health Administration hosted a breakfast for graduates and their families. The morning provided an opportunity to reflect on life at the School, celebrate the many student achievements and share in the joy of academic success. Dr. Joseph Byrne offered words of encouragement to the students and wished them well as they embark on their careers as health administrators. The School was also pleased to present the inaugural IPHE certificates to graduates fulfilling the IPHE requirements. Congratulations to all!

MHA graduate Alexandra Hill-Mann receives her IPHE certificate from Dr. Joe Byrne


MHA graduates Ashley Ryer, Alexandra Hill-Mann and Sida (Vanessa) Wu display their IPHE certificates.

SWOT Interprofessional Event


For three years in a row, Drs. Brenda Merritt and Marion Brown from the Schools of Occupational Therapy and Social Work have integrated an interprofessional health education (IPHE) learning assignment into their respective courses.  Within this assignment, groups of occupational therapy and social work students work collaboratively to develop an interprofessional plan to address identified challenges within a particular field of practice (e.g., sex trade workers, newcomers to Canada, older adults with dementia, wheelchair users in Halifax, Africville).  Each interprofessional group works collaboratively to create a poster presentation to communicate profession specific orientations to the field of practice and interprofessional strategies to address identified health challenges encountered by the client population. Additionally, the students share their reflective experiences of working in an interprofessional group.

During the fall of 2011, the student groups had two face-to-face encounters during class time to meet their interprofessional peers, learn about each other’s scope of practice, discuss profession specific analyses, and formalize a client-centered, interprofessional plan to address the identified challenges in
the field of practice.  The assignment culminated with a poster presentation, wherein approximately 18 interprofessional groups of students presented their posters to peers, faculty, and guests. Each year the poster presentation is filled with energy and enthusiasm.



Interprofessional Student Team represents Dalhousie at the National Health Care Team Challenge

Ian MacIntyre (Dentistry), Laura Jewell (Health Admin.), Alison Taylor (Physiotherapy), Jennifer Egan (Human Communication Disorders), Elycia McKeand (Nursing), Ashley LeClerc (Health Sciences), Lori Walsh (Occupational Therapy)


The newly reinstated Dalhousie Health Sciences Students Association executive recently represented Dalhousie University at the National Health Sciences Students Association Conference held in Waterloo, Ontario.  The conference provided the opportunity to hear inspirational and informative speakers, teach delegates how to sustain a council at their university, watch students from the host university perform emergency situation simulations (including a birthing, car fire, ice rescue and smoke inhalation), network with other delegates, and participate in a Health Care Team Challenge, among others.  With regards to the Health Care Team Challenge, the students were given a brief overview of a patient case prior to attending the conference.  At the conference, each team offered their prognosis of the case in a brief five-minute presentation.  Once all teams had presented, the teams were provided with more information about the case and were then required to formulate a treatment plan for the patient.  The Health Care Team Challenge was an excellent interprofessional learning experience.  It gave students an opportunity to further understand the roles of various professions while learning how to collaborate to share knowledge and perspectives on patient care and communicate what they perceive as important in a respectful manner.  The executive is currently developing a proposal to be able to host an internal Dalhousie Health Care Team Challenge in early 2013.

Bold Ambitions for Novel Health Care Education

This video was created for the Bold Ambitions campaign – a major part of which is the construction of a new facility specifically designed for inter-professional training – and features some of our faculty members (including Dean Webster and Dr. Sandy Rennie) and students.  Learn more about the Bold Ambitions campaign at: