On July 5th, the University of Toronto organized an inter-professional education event as part of their high school Summer Mentorship Program. Along with other healthcare professional students from a diverse range of faculties, CCNM students John Michael Lee and Shreya Batra participated in representing Naturopathic Medicine.
The day was packed with introductions to various types of healthcare professions including: Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Naturopathic Medicine, and Occupational Therapy, to name a few. High school students had the opportunity to learn more about inter-professional health and the importance of teamwork between practitioners. Exploring the difference between an integrative health care team as opposed to a divisive health care team, insightful discussions about inter-professional teamwork and healthcare were generated. As we provided high school students with insights about our profession and integrative medicine, it was both empowering and encouraging to see the open curiosity of the next generation. Aside from providing education to high school students, we were also able to discuss the importance of collaboration of naturopathic medicine with other health care disciplines with fellow healthcare students. This event was a wonderful opportunity to inspire young minds and educate fellow colleagues to the endless possibilities of integrative health care. The positive response to the event goes to show the developing interest of all healthcare practitioners in a more efficient, integrated healthcare system being implemented in the near future.