Issue No.18 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

August 2015

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Voices Newsletter

Reaching over 1200 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.


'Community as Teacher' celebrates 10 years

UBC students at camp closing ceremony

July 24th marked a special milestone for the Community as Teacher program. For the 10th year in a row, UBC health care students took part in cultural camps put on by Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services (Xyolhemylh)

"It was an opportunity to practice using our hearts and minds and to experience Aboriginal culture firsthand." says 1st year medical student Grace Chan who attended the Natural Changes for girls.

After four days of learning traditional teachings and practices, students took part in a blanketing ceremony in the Charlie Longhouse at Sts’ailes (Chehalis). Read more...


Funding awarded to study the history of patients-as-educators in Canada

UBC researcher Dr. Angela Towle has been awarded a grant from the Associated Medical Services (AMS) to study the history of patients-as-educators in Canadian medical education.

Using document analysis and key informant interviews, the study will provide an historical account of patients-as-educators in Canada since the 1960s.

A summary of lessons to be learned from the historical development of patients-as-educators in Canada and also implications for future policy and practice will be distributed to educational leaders in each medical school.


Home Health volunteers needed

The VCH Home Health Outreach program is looking for volunteers to provide in-home social and emotional support to adult and senior clients who are socially isolated.

Volunteers who interested in a career in community healthcare and want experience working with adults and older adults are an asset. Build on your interpersonal skills, gain valuable experience and make a difference in someone’s life today! Read more...

For more information contact:
Katharine Proudlove 604-301-3883 or email

Where's the Patient's Voice Conference Update

Where's the patient's voice in health professional education 10 years on?
Vancouver, Nov.12-14, 2015

Over 145 presenters have been confirmed from around the world including, Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA.

The program will be available shortly!

Register now to get the early bird rate!

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