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Governance structure

Governance is handled by the deans of health sciences faculties or schools and the dean of arts and sciences of UdeM and committees created by the deans. The synergistic development of collaborative practices between university teaching and healthcare networks is supported by regular interaction with the Committee on collaborative practices and interprofessional training within UdeM's integrated university healthcare network (Réseau universitaire intégré de santé – RUIS).


Interfaculty executive committee (IEC)

This committee is composed of the deans of the faculties of medicine, pharmacy, arts and sciences, nursing sciences and dentistry as well as the directors of the Department of kinesiology and the School of optometry.


This committee has the following mandates:

  • to guide the strategic planning of interfaculty training programs
  • to supervise budget management by the operational committee
  • to oversee the adjustments to be made to the various programs so that interfaculty courses can be introduced there
  • to develop and implement mechanisms of professorial recognition


Interfaculty operational committee (IOC)

The IOC represents 13 diverse disciplines (audiology, dentistry, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work, speech-Language Pathology) and is represented by at least one professor appointed by their department, school or faculty.


The IOC’s mandate is to:

  • Develop, coordinate and provide interprofessional education to students in interprofessional collaboration
  • Develop mechanisms to assess learning and evaluate the impact of these pedagogical initiatives

Three sub-committees also facilitate the IOC’s mandate, these are formal commitees: the Assessment committee, Pedagogical committee and the Committee for interprofessional placement activities. There are also ad hoc committees.


Interfaculty student council (ISC)

The Interfaculty student council is made up of student representatives from each program. This committee’s mandate is to advise and to guide the IOC’s work and contribute to its evolution.  The students also collaborate on educational pilot projects designed to enhance interprofessional collaboration and partnership. Recently, students and professors took part in a new project designed to reach out to remote aboriginal communities to introduce aboriginal school-aged children to the health professions and to encourage culturally-sensitive practice.