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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

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PIPER receives national award

PIPER team members

McMaster University's Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER) has received the 2012 Alan Blizzard Award, the top national award of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

The award, named in honour of the society's former president, is designed to stimulate and reward collaboration in teaching and to encourage and disseminate the scholarship of teaching. Interprofessional education brings students from different disciplines together, to learn with, from and about each other.

"It is wonderful to be recognized by an external organization, such as the society, which has the support of national educators," said Bonny Jung, assistant professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, and director of the PIPER program.

Jung applauded Patty Solomon, associate dean and director of the School of Rehabilitation Science who is former director of the PIPER program, and Dr. Alan Neville, associate dean, education, for their support.

Interprofessional education brings students from different disciplines together, to learn with, from and about each other. Collaboration and team work is a hallmark of McMaster.

The Faculty of Health Sciences was the first in Canada to include programs in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, midwifery and physician assistant in one integrated Faculty.

To reaffirm its commitment to collaboration, a working group developed recommendations for a new inter-professional curriculum in December, 2004. The inter-professional education (IPE) office was developed in 2007.