McMaster University

McMaster University

A sustainable model for Interprofessional Collaboration in Home Placement

Based on the feedback from our evaluation piece completed by students and clinicians, we have developed a sustainable model for strengthening students' placements in the community. This model builds on our previous initiative and incorporates the key lessons learned.


  1. Increased capacity to take medical students and students from various professions and levels on placements
  2. Increased recruitment/retention of clinicians from various health professions
  3. Increased IPE/IPC among students and health professionals.

Key Changes to the Program

  • Partnering with more than one rehabilitation organization in order to provide more placements, locally
  • Strengthening/clarifying the purpose of tutorials to students and clinicians so that they get the most out of the experience
  • Allowing greater time for placement sign up and placements will occur over a longer period of time
  • Having a roster of stand-by clinicians to cover last minute changes





Essential Components

For Students:

    • Students will select the profession and location of their choice on a first come, first served basis
    • Debriefing sessions will ensure students understand about the purpose of the visit

For Preceptors:

    • Clinicians will be able to offer slots to students based on their availability
    • Continual professional development and training will occur when necessary
    • Recognition and renumeration for clinicians

For Coordinators:

    • Enabling students and clinicians to sign up online in order to ease course management

Sources of funding: Continuing the program forward...

  • Approaching different university departments (e.g. medical school) for continued support
  • Partnering with community organizations willing to support clinician training financially
  • Partnering with organizations dealing with determinants of health
  • Continued Ministry financing for similar initiatives



"Thanks for this opportunity. I am looking forward to getting to do this again in MF5 with another type of health professional."

— medical student, following their first placement
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