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Interprofessional Collaboration Stream

The Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) Stream falls under the direction of a SWAHN Co-Lead who is a member of SWAHN’s Secretariat. Its primary focus is to develop and enhance education across health professions and disciplines at all levels (including undergraduate, graduate, entry-to-practice, and continuing professional development) based on priorities set by the Network Contributors’ Roundtable.

The Project Teams within the IPC Stream will focus on:

  1. Leading the development of integrated, innovative, value-added, and collaborative models of education within healthcare delivery and research;
  2. Facilitating consistent dissemination of healthcare knowledge across SWO;
  3. Advancing the value and benefits of, and enhance access to, inter-professional practice and resources by identifying and leveraging new models of inter-professional and inter-disciplinary teaching and practice transformation across Southwestern Ontario (including rural and underserved communities);
  4. Developing short and long term goals in collaboration with the SWAHN Secretariat which are specific, measureable, and achievable in one to two years (short term) and three to five years (long-term goals);
  5. Identifying appropriate performance measures to monitor progress and performance of the IPC Stream;
  6. Liaising with SWAHN’s other Streams to ensure that synergies are fully realized (i.e., to ensure that all Streams and Project Teams work collaboratively toward common goals).
Dr. William (Bill) Sischek, SWAHN Co-Lead overseeing the Interprofessional Collaboration Stream; Integrated Vice President, Medical & Academic Affairs, London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Dr. Bill Sischek assumes the role of Integrated Vice President, Medical & Academic Affairs, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) on September 30, 2019. In this role, Dr. Sischek will serve as a co-lead for SWAHN, taking over from Dr. Robin Walker who retired in June 2019.

Dr. Sischek is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western University. He has been actively involved in the clinical academic life of the hospitals and the university for over 30 years. Having joined the Department of Anesthesia in 1988 as a cardiac anesthesiologist, he has practiced actively since then but has also contributed to many other roles over the years. Academically, Dr. Sischek has served the department’s post-graduate program as a site coordinator and joined the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Oral Exam Board, eventually becoming Vice-Chair of that Board. In the university and hospital systems, he represented the nascent Clinical Teachers Association in white paper discussions with the Dean of Medicine and the clinical chairs group in 1992. In 1995, Dr. Sischek was appointed Site Chief of Anesthesia for the Victoria Campus of the newly formed London Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Sischek’s service also extends to the executive of the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) Professional Staff Organization as Secretary, Vice-President and President in the mid 1990’s and in 1999 became the Vice-Chair of the LHSC Board of Directors Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). He assumed the role of Chair for the first two-year term of the LHSC MAC Chair in 2000 and has continued to work with the MAC and its subcommittees for many years since.

Dr. Sischek returned to his home department as the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine’s City-Wide Clinical Coordinator from 2011- 2017. Within that role, he oversaw the final reconfiguration of services which began under the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Health Services Restructuring Commission.

Being committed to physician leadership, Dr. Sischek was granted the Canadian Society of Physician Leadership’s Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation in 2017 and continues to exercise his leadership skills in the health care system by mentoring new leaders. His latest efforts were directed to the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO) where he was Vice-Chair for two years and most recently chaired the Governing Committee, overseeing the alternate funding plan (AFP) for the clinical academic physicians of London, until his appointment to the IVP of Medical and Affairs position.

Interprofessional Collaboration Project Teams