It is important for internationally educated health professionals to learn about interprofessional collaboration in Canada and to acquire the skills to practise it. Canadian-educated health professionals also learn these skills during their studies and the entry-to-practice exams feature questions about interprofessional collaboration.
Interprofessionalism is the study and practice of the roles between various health care providers such as physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, and other health providers. The goal of interprofessionalism is to have professionals work together and respect one another's roles in health care, so that in a clinical setting, they can work more effectively as a team to improve patient outcomes.
Interprofessional competencies describe the complex integration of knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and judgments that allow a health provider to apply these components into all collaborative situations. Competencies should guide growth and development throughout one’s life and enable one to effectively perform the activities required in a given occupation or function and in various contexts. Interprofessional competencies are developed to help achieve interprofessional collaboration.
To assist internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) in learning interprofessional competencies, a set of learning modules has been developed and is available for self-study. Mastering these competencies will help IEHPs integrate more easily into the Canadian health workforce.