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McMaster alumna and nursing professor wins national award

By Amanda Boundris
Published: March 30, 2012
Jenn Salfi
Jenn Salfi, an assistant professor with the School of Nursing

Jenn Salfi, an assistant professor with the School of Nursing, has received the 2012 Dr. John Gilbert Interprofessional Education Mentorship Award from the National Health Sciences Students' Association.

The honour recognizes a mentor in interprofessional education (IPE) for the 2011-2012 year and acknowledges their encouragement, support, insight, and enthusiasm that has been instrumental to students and their work in IPE. Nominations for the award were open to health care providers, academics, advocates and administrators.

Salfi was presented with the award at the association's annual national interprofessional healthcare conference.

"It's a national award and very prominent figures have received this award before me — they are my IPE mentors," said Salfi. "I know I've made a difference in the Faculty of Health Sciences, especially in the School of Nursing, but to have students from across Canada vote for me was a huge honour."

Salfi joined the SON in 1999 and is involved in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) in 1997, her Master of Science in 2001, and her PhD in 2004 at McMaster University.

"Dr. Jenn Salfi is a champion of interprofessional education at McMaster University and an encouraging mentor of student leaders," said Joshua Smalley, the McMaster medical student who nominated her. "She oversees numerous projects that break down silos and helps cultivate a generation of collaboration-ready health professionals."

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