Tokyo Metropolitan University; Journal of Interprofessional Care
Dr. Peter Bontje obtained his occupational therapy degree from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and has been a qualified occupational therapist since1985. He has worked clinically as an occupational therapist in four countries (Netherlands, United Kingdom, Armenia, and Japan). Since 1996, Dr. Bontje has developed an academic career in Japan alongside obtaining his master's degree in occupational therapy from the joint European Master's Program (2001) and a Ph.D. in Occupational Science from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (2015). In 2016, he became a Professor of the Division of Occupational Therapy at Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU) where he teaches courses in occupational science, research methodology, and interprofessional education. Dr. Bontje is also an associate editor for short reports for the Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) and co-authored a paper recently published in JIC entitled "Interprofessional learning in an international context: the unfamiliar as impetus for learning, also about oneself”. Within the Tokyo Metropolitan University, Dr. Bontje is a member of the task force that develops, implements and improves the interprofessional education curricula across BSc, MSc and PhD programs in the Faculty of Human Health Sciences. One of his current research projects investigates how interprofessional education can enhance collaboration between formal care providers, enterprises, and volunteers as part of community care provision among the elderly population in Tokyo, Japan.