Reaching over 1000 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.
R. Paul Kerston Award Call for nominations!
After tireless and exemplary service in the community and university, Paul Kerston has retired. Paul took on many roles at UBC including community educator, teacher, mentor, collaborator, advisory board member - to name a few.
Paul says he got involved at UBC to "give back to my community" but also because "there is a great deal that individuals can teach future health care professionals about themselves, their preferences, their experiences, whatever health-related challenges they face and their hopes - that's gold for future health care professionals to learn."
In honour of Paul's contributions, an annual award has been established in his name to recognize outstanding community educators who have made a difference to student education at UBC.
"We hope that sharing our life experience with students will help them in their careers and decrease some of the stigma that surrounds mental illness." says Jude.
Dedicated to ending the shame and stigma of mental illness, Jude used his expertise to help develop a website for people with mental illness. The website can be found at mentalhealth.providencehealthcare.org.
You can meet Jude and hear his story on Wednesday October 29th, 10:30am-3pm at the 6th Annual Allies in Health Fair, UBC Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC Campus.
This summer, 18 UBC students from medicine, social work, pharmaceutical sciences, counselling psychology and occupational therapy had the privilege of learning first-hand about the lifestyles and traditions of the Stó:lō people.
Since 2006, 136 students have taken part in the program.
Many thanks to Natalie Brandon, Harley Chappell, Marilyn Collins, Sonja Mussell, and Darla Rasmussen for making it happen this year.
Special thanks to the Elders, camp leaders and youth for teaching these future health care providers and to the students who took part.
I am thankful for the opportunity to engage in UBC’s Health Mentors Program as it provided irreplaceable experiences for me as a nursing student.
Being a part of the program, I was able to work alongside students in other disciplines to form an interdisciplinary team, along with a mentor in the community who suffered from a chronic condition.
Our team consisted of students from Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Medicine, and Nursing. The four of us, alongside our mentor were able to delve deep into issues that are culturally rooted into our health care system, such as the incongruences our health mentor felt with his interdisciplinary team and the lack of communication between members.