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Interprofessional Education

Dr. Kevin Fung, Co-Chair, SWAHN Interprofessional Education Project Team

Kevin Fung is currently Professor & Chair/Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Western University with a focus in Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery. He is cross-appointed to the Department of Oncology and the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

He was born in Montreal, grew up in Peterborough, is married to Samantha and has two daughters, Katelyn (10) and Alexa (7). His education includes an undergraduate degree in physics/ medical biophysics from UWO (1994), MD from Queen’s University (1997), residency training in OtoHNS at UWO (2002) and fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery and Microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan where he pursued additional training in Laryngology with Dr. N.D. Hogikyan and research on gene therapy for management of RLN injury with Dr. Eva Feldman (2004). He recently obtained his Master's certificate in physician leadership development at the York University Schulich School of Business in Toronto.

Outside of the operating room, Dr. Fung is the piano accompanist for the Thames Valley Suzuki Music School, Honorary Class President of the Meds Class of 2015, Chair of the Clinical Sciences Electives Program, Vice Chair of the Clerkship and Electives Committee at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee for the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, acting Co-Director of the Office of Interprofessional Health Education and Research at Western, Co-Chair of the Interprofessional Education Working Group for the Southwestern Ontario Academic Health Science Network, Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute, and Fellow of the Triological Society. He has 102 peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters. In the field of laryngology, he is the Director of the Spasmodic Dysphonia Clinic and Vocal Health Clinic at Victoria Hospital and a member of the AAOHNS Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology Education Committee.

His interests include Transoral laser microsurgery, Transoral Robotic Surgery, outcomes research, and medical education, in addition to hiking, running, and cycling. He has completed three marathons to date (Chicago, Ottawa, Boston, and will be looking forward to New York this November).

Ms. Sarah Picco, Co-Chair, SWAHN Interprofessional Education Project Team

Sarah Picco has been nurse since 2007 and has worked for both Windsor Regional Hospital and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) in Windsor. Sarah was a clinical practice manager before transitioning into her current role as Manager of Professional Practice and Infection Control across the HDGH campus.  In addition to her BScN (University of Windsor), Sarah recently obtained her Master’s in Nursing Leadership from the University of Windsor. She also has a certification in Gerontology through the Canadian Nurses Association.

In her current role, Sarah has oversight over the Clinical Practice Managers (5 nurses, 1 Social Worker and 1 Physiotherapist by background), Wound Care Nurses, and Infection Control Practitioners. Her team works within Inpatient Rehab, Complex Medical Care, Mental Health, Allied Health and Children’s Regional Centre. A large piece of this role entails ensuring best practices and standards are being followed across the organization. Where learning needs are identified or practices change, the team is responsible for the development and implementation of education where needed which also includes new hire orientation. Sarah and her team work collaboratively with all disciplines across HDGH.

Sarah lives with her husband, John, and young son, Cooper, in LaSalle, Ontario.


Event News:

IPE Day 2018 - On March 26, 2018, this interprofessional event engaged over 600 students and more than 50 volunteer facilitators at two venues. The group in London included first-year students from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the University of Waterloo's Schools of Pharmacy and Optometry & Vision Science. This year, undergraduate and graduate students from Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences in nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy also participated along with social work students from King's University College at Western University. In Windsor, the student complement included students from the Schulich Windsor Campus, the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy, and the University of Windsor's Nursing and Social Work programs.

IPE Day 2017 - Members of SWAHN’s Interprofessional Education Working Group were engaged in the development and execution of the second annual IPE Day held in both London and Windsor on the afternoon of Monday, April 3, 2017. In London, over 400 students and 35 facilitators were engaged. Windsor’s event involved 160 students and 20 facilitators.

The London group included all first-year students from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University and University of Waterloo Schools of Pharmacy and Optometry & Vision Science with representation from the King’s University College and Renison University College Social Work programs.

IPE Day 2017 - London Venue - Althouse College auditorium at Western University
IPE Day 2017 - London venue - Althouse College auditorium at Western University

The Windsor group included all first-year students from Schulich Windsor Campus Medicine as well as University of Windsor Nursing, Human Kinetics, and Social Work students. Respiratory Therapy students from St. Clair College were also engaged.

IPE 2017 UWindsor Word Cloud
Student participants expressed their thoughts on IPE Day in Windsor through a “Word Cloud.”

Both events included a live panel discussing a complex interprofessional patient case, a stereotype exercise, and a facilitated case discussion where the students were broken into small groups. 

Priorities for next year include:
  • potentially increasing capacity to include more professions;
  • considering external funding sources and/or an alternate funding model;
  • engaging more practitioner facilitators (e.g., social workers and community practitioners);
  • potential alignment with other SWAHN working groups.
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The Interprofessional Education Project Team falls under the direction of the SWAHN Co-Lead who is overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream.

The purpose of the Interprofessional Education Project Team is to employ best practices within interprofessional education and practice to advance teaching, learning and practice transformation that will ultimately lead to improved health outcomes in Southwestern Ontario through collaborative, patient/family-centred care. The Project Team will also explore how to enhance access to interdisciplinary training, teaching and resources across Southwestern Ontario and promote ongoing dialogue between educators and practitioners.

The Interprofessional Education Project Team will accomplish this by:

  1. Ensuring that Project Team activities are aligned with the goals of SWAHN (i.e., to transform health in Southwestern Ontario through integrated excellence in research, education and clinical practice);

  2. Liaising with and reporting to the SWAHN Co-Lead who is overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream concerning matters related to its areas of focus;

  3. Developing short and long term goals in collaboration with the SWAHN Co-Lead who is overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream which will be specific, measurable, and achievable in one-to-two years (short term) and three-to-five years (long term);

  4. Identifying appropriate performance measures to monitor progress and performance;

  5. Coordinating with other SWAHN Project Teams to create relevant educational experiences that maximize value of limited resources and demonstrate the effectiveness of collaboration;

  6. Establishing partnerships among educational and practice communities across the region to create meaningful educational experiences that take advantage of enabling technologies where feasible;

  7. Sharing results through publication and speaking engagements.


Definition of Terms

  • In order to provide clarity in its language, the Project Team has agreed to use the following definitions when referring to interprofessional education, interprofessional practice, and interprofessional collaboration.

    Interprofessional Education (IPE)

  • From the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE):
    Interprofessional Education occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care. CAIPE, 2002 & WHO, 2010).

    Interprofessional Practice (IPP)

  • From the Australian Interprofessional Practice & Education Network (AIPPEN): Interprofessional Practice occurs when all members of the health service delivery team participate in the team's activities and rely on one another to accomplish common goals and improve health care delivery, thus improving a patient's quality experience. Interprofessional practice (IPP) is thus the results when inter-professional learning is put into practice in the health workplace and in the community. AIPPEN, n.d.

    Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC)

  • Interprofessional Collaboration is a partnership between a team of health providers and a client in a participatory, collaborative and coordinated approach to shared decision-making around health and social issues. CIHC, 2010.