This past weekend, the University of Saskatchewan Interprofessional team demonstrated this collaborative approach and claimed top honours at the 2016 National Health Care Team Challenge (HCTC) in Halifax, N.S. The HCTC is an interprofessional, educational activity that strives to promote teamwork and collaboration within student teams.
The team - consisting of students from pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, veterinary medicine and physical therapy, as well as a patient advocate and team advisor - presented a plan of action that was interprofessional and focused on patient-family centered care. They did this by working together and applying their skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to their problem-based case.
"I cannot express enough the amount of pride I have for this team," said Jessica Landrie, executive member of the Health Sciences Students' Association and College of Nursing student. "Their exceptional performance will be the cornerstone of interprofessional collaboration at the University of Saskatchewan."
This was the University of Saskatchewan's first time entering the national challenge after winning the inaugural provincial challenge held in January.
The winning team: Amanda Geradts (nutrition), Jessica Landrie (nursing), Hallie MacLachlan (nursing), Carly Legault (veterinary medicine), Heather Thiessen (patient advocate/advisor), Lin Wang (pharmacy), Matthias Muller (physical therapy).