Developed by: Bossers, A., Bezzina, M.B., Hobson, S., Kinsella, A., MacPhail, A., Schurr, S., Moosa, T., Rolleman, L., Ferguson, K., DeLuca, S., Macnab, J. & Jenkins, K.
In October, 2006 a number of faculty members from an interprofessional research group at the University of Western Ontario (Western) and Fanshawe College, submitted a grant proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC). This was a special funding opportunity titled the Interprofessional Mentorship, Preceptorship, Leadership and Coaching Fund. The grant requested funding to develop an inter-professional web-based, on-line education program, which would provide practical support to preceptors and their students. Our proposal was accepted and work on the project began in February 2007.
The interprofessional research group includes Ann Bossers (Occupational Therapy, Western), Sandy DeLuca (Nursing, Fanshawe College), Karen Ferguson (Nursing, Western), Sandra Hobson (Occupational Therapy, Western), Anne Kinsella (Occupational Therapy, Western), Ann MacPhail, (Physical Therapy, Western), Taslim Moosa (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western), and Susan Schurr (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western). Before work on the project began, some additional team members were added to contribute to the process. These individuals are Mary Beth Bezzina (educational developer for the project), Karen Jenkins (PHN, Education Coordinator and student in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program, Middlesex-London Health Unit), Jennifer Macnab, (epidemiologist/statistical advisor) and Lynda Rolleman (work study student).
Web site and WebCT development was carried out by Eva Placko (Information Techology Services, Western) and Angela Vandenbogaard (Instructional Technology Resource Centre, Western) with consultation related to the WebCT process provided by Jane Winkler (Information Techology Services, Western). Helen Kerr from the School of Occupational Therapy, Western, provided much appreciated, behind the scenes, administrative support. A special thanks to Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland and Dougie Barnett for contributing the website banner image and to Shannon Van Grinsven, Western student for her photography related to the images of preceptors and students that are integrated throughout many of the modules. Appreciation goes out to Western students Jordan Smith and Saukyn Luque, and Angela Vandenbogaard and Dan Nanasi (Instructional Technology Resource Centre) for creating, developing and producing the video clips. Also, our sincere thanks to all the students, preceptors and faculty members who participated within the videos, who contributed content to modules and who engaged in the initial survey and pilot testing thereby providing the team with feedback to develop and enrich the on-line program.
Ann Bossers, Associate Professor
School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences
Elborn College EC 2553,
The University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario, Canada, N6G 1H1
Phone: 519 661-2111 x 88982
For a complete list of sponsors, see the Sponsors Section.