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5 valuable reasons to pursue interprofessional education

A master’s student at the University of Toronto shares how interprofessional education can benefit your career, all while learning new skills!

LB-HS1.jpgLiana Bontempo has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Biology and Studio Art, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She loves the ability of dietetics to bring together the arts, such as the socio-cultural aspects of food, with the hard sciences of health and nutrition. Recently, she graduated with a Master of Public Health in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto and is excited to see what her career as a registered dietitian has in store! Connect with Liana on LinkedIn.

“Interprofessional” is a buzzword we all hear regularly, whether it’s at school, the workplace, or we're reading it on a job application. As health care professionals, we know that we have to work together, not only with our own dietetic colleagues, but also with professionals from other disciplines. 

At times, it can be hard to see why collaboration with other professions is important. How often have you uttered the phrase: "Ergh! It would be so much easier to work alone!"

Professionals from other disciples don't speak the same language as you, they often don’t understand your roles and responsibilities and, in the worst of cases, they can negate or impede the work that you have carefully put into place. By improving your interprofessional skills, you not only enhance your knowledge but you also avoid the anxieties and frustrations that can occur with team-based projects.

“Interprofessional” is more than just a buzzword, it’s a must for all health care professionals in order to provide the best care for clients, patients, and communities. continue reading 

Living with diabetes: Walking a mile in my patients' shoes

Laura Baum shares her unique experience “living” with type 2 diabetes for a week. 

LB-HS1.jpgLaura Baum completed her undergraduate degree at Brescia College, at the University of Western Ontario.  She is currently completing the final months of her Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition, also at Brescia College.  Laura’s interests include running and all things active, cooking for friends and family, and traveling.  Special areas of interest in dietetics include paediatrics, diabetes education, and bariatric surgery; however she is open to all opportunities!  To contact Laura, email her at, or connect with her via LinkedIn.

Health is a privilege.  Health is luck.  Health is genetic.  Health is life.  After completing my diabetes rotation at Sunnybrook Hospital in the outpatient diabetes education centre, I have realized how lucky and thankful I am to be healthy.  It is truly a miracle how all the systems in one’s body work cohesively to sustain a healthy body.
In the final week of my placement, I participated in a program called, “Living with Diabetes.”  Essentially, I was supposed to live for a week mimicking the life of someone with type 2 diabetes.  Participants in this program included four family practice residents, a family practice physician and myself.  We met every morning and were presented with the progression of our diabetes, which would likely have taken years, but for this simulation, it only took a few days. continue reading

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