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IPE on Cancer provides training to students about the collaborative management of cancer patients.  Given the complexity of the medical care of cancer patients, this lesson emphasizes the coordination of different healthcare professionals in the holistic management of cancer.


This lesson utilizes the combined pedagogical strengths of team-based and case-based learning in preparing students to be collaborative-practice ready. This is participated in by students from Chinese Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy who are formed into interprofessional teams of 5-7 members. A team of content experts facilitates the implementation of learning activities.

Generic IPE-related Learning Outcomes

  1. Appreciate the collective contribution of Chinese medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work;

  2. Demonstrate mutual respect and an appreciation of the unique skills, knowledge, and competencies that each discipline brings to an interprofessional team;

  3. Listen respectfully to the ideas of other disciplines to complement one’s disciplinary knowledge;

  4. Provide constructive and non-judgmental feedback to other member’s ideas;

  5. Respect difference and diversity among professions; 

  6. Realise that interprofessional collaboration promotes creativity, motivation, and productivity;

  7. Apply shared decision-making process from deliberation to choice/consensus;

  8. Build consensus and negotiate respectfully/effectively, and

  9. Formulate interprofessional healthcare management plan.

Content-related Learning Outcomes

  1. Take responsibility as a provider for assuming a non-biased attitude towards patients on chronic opiates.

  2. Encourage the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and recognize its value.

  3. Embrace and recognize the necessity of a team-oriented approach toward patient management.

  4. Recognise risk factors for prescription drug misuse in patients treated with chronic opioids.

  5. Identify common differential diagnoses for aberrant medication use behavior.

  6. Administer common practice tools for monitoring patients treated with opioids.

  7. Explain CBT to a patient and prepare him/her to participate in CBT as an adjunct to pharmacologic therapy.

  8. Assess an initial management plan for effectiveness, tolerability, and safety.

  9. Identify the complementary relationship of healthcare professionals in managing patients at different cancer stages.

  10. Discuss the value of the integrated diagnosis of healthcare professionals for reaching appropriate health management plans.


          MBBS                     -   87

          Nursing                  -   53

          Pharmacy               -   30

          Chinese Medicine -   13

          Total                       -  183

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