Jenn Salfi, an assistant professor with the School of Nursing (SON), has received the 2012 Dr. John Gilbert Interprofessional Education (IPE) Mentorship Award from the National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA).
The honour recognizes a mentor in IPE for the 2011-2012 year and acknowledges their tireless encouragement, support, insight, and enthusiasm that has been instrumental to students and their work in IPE. Nominations for the award were open to health care providers, academics, advocates and administrators.
Salfi was presented with the award on March 10 during NaHSSA's eighth annual National Interprofessional Healthcare Conference in Kitchener.
"It's a national award and very prominent figures have received this award before me — they are my IPE mentors,' said Salfi. "I know I've made a difference in the Faculty of Health Sciences, especially in the School of Nursing, but to have students from across Canada vote for me was a huge honour."
Salfi joined the SON in 1999 and is involved in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) in 1997, her Master of Science in 2001, and her PhD in 2004 at McMaster University.
Currently, Salfi is the IPE lead for the SON and the faculty lead for the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER) in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). She is on a variety of interprofessional committees and groups within the Faculty, and is faculty advisor for numerous interprofessional student-led initiatives.
"Dr. Jenn Salfi is a champion of interprofessional education at McMaster University and an encouraging mentor of student leaders," said Joshua Smalley, the McMaster medical student who nominated her. "She oversees numerous projects that break down silos and helps cultivate a generation of collaboration-ready health professionals."
Among other achievements, Salfi has led a working group of faculty from all three sites of the McMaster Mohawk Conestoga BScN Program who integrated an IPE framework into the curriculum. She has mentored faculty, been involved with faculty development, and leads "train the trainer' sessions, which teach others across the FHS how to deliver IPE.
According to its website, NaHSSA was established in 2005 and is the first national interprofessional student association in the world. It is a network of Canadian universities, colleges and students that promote interprofessional education and collaborative practice within Canada. NaHSSA enables students to advocate for and learn from this form of education through social networking and leadership opportunities.