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Health-care workers find joy at the 2019 Interprofessional Collaboration Showcase

June 18, 2019

Audience members smiling at the Interprofessional Showcasekeynote speaker Luis Serrano, Chief Fun Officer at FUNdamentals of Play

More than 180 attendees came together on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to celebrate excellence in team learning and collaborative care at the 2019 Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) Showcase.

The annual event, jointly offered by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto, Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE), was packed with speakers, workshops and poster presentations that all celebrated the value and joy of working together.

Laughter filled the auditorium as keynote speaker Luis Serrano, Chief Fun Officer at FUNdamentals of Play, used stories and interactive games to help attendees discover key ways to catapult joy at work as individuals and teams.

“We spend one-third of our lives at work and yet up to 70 per cent of the Canadian workforce are unengaged and unenthused at work,” he said. “It’s up to us to own our happiness.”

Serrano stressed the need to find and live our values, connect and engage with those around us, and add play to our daily lives at work.

For presenter Jennifer Shaffer, professional practice leader for physiotherapy at St. John’s Rehab, that means working with colleagues of all professions to help patients reach their goal, and passing that value on to students.

As part of every structured student placement, Shaffer and her colleagues fabricate a complex case study and randomly assign students an alternative profession. The student then needs to speak to other team members to find out what role they’d play in treating the make-believe patient and how they would collaborate.

“We have students who otherwise would never have met each other, shadowing each other or other clinicians, and even meeting up for lunch to discuss their roles,” Shaffer said.

The enthusiasm continued throughout the day with workshops and presentations that echoed the theme of being present in order to find joy and make meaningful connections.

“The most valuable gift you can give yourself is time – taking time to be more fully present in your journey, to become more inspired, and to connect with those around us,” said Kristen Winter, Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development & Leadership at Sunnybrook in the event’s closing presentation. “We can’t be present for others without first taking time to be present for ourselves.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners!

(Note: not all team members were present for photos)


1st Place: Enhancing Navigation – Connecting Over-Users of Medical, Psychiatric & Addictions Support Services in the ED (ENCOMPASSED-ED) | Karen Wang, Blaire Jones, Kadeem Daley, Lauren Greenwood, Roy Bonadonna, Kitty Liu, Kittie Pang, and Rosalie Steinberg.

Runner Up: Implementing Interprofessional Rounds in the Emergency Department on Boarded Level II ICU Patients | Will Thomas-Boaz and Bourke Tillmann.


1st Place: Implementation of a Clinical Pathway to Guide Pre-operative Hydration Among Surgical Patients | Jordan Fillion, Claude Laflamme, Avery Nathens, Gerry Hubble, Richard Jenkinson, Kelly Fedoruk and Todd Mainprize.

2nd Place: Implementation of a Reference Guide for the Use of Concurrent Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in a Cancer Centre | François Gallant, Sweta Bhimani, Tereza Radman, Aisha Sheikh, Mark Pasetka and Kirsty Albright.

3rd Place: The Role of the Health Professional Educator in Undergraduate Medical Student Education: A formal curriculum | Sherylan Young, Andrea Payne (Goncz) and Evan Chong.


Using Sunnybrook’s Interprofessional Collaboration Competencies to Enhance the Patient Safety Event System Review Process | Emily Stairs, Rhoda Lordly, Elise Goldberg, Sue Thorne, Bronwen Edgar and Elizabeth McLaney