Issue No.8 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC


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


Health Mentors program begins 4th cohort

Health Mentors Orientation

On September 29th nearly 250 students, mentors and faculty gathered at Creekside Community Centre for the start of the 4th cohort of the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors program.

Over the next 16 months student teams will meet with a Health Mentor, who will share experiences with the health care system and what it means to live with a chronic condition.

Participating students are from: Audiology, Dentistry, Genetic Counselling, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology.

The program is coordinated by the Division of Health Care Communication with funding from the College of Health Disciplines, Cedar Lodge Endowment Fund, and Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

The pilot, which ran from 2011-2014 was funded by the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.

2014 Allies in Health Fair October 29th

2013 Allies in Health Fair
6th Annual Allies in Health Fair
Wednesday, October 29
th 2014 10:30am-3:00pm
West Atrium, UBC Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall

Allies in Health connects community-based organizations, patient support groups and individuals involved in these agencies with students and faculty at UBC. It is part of UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week.

The Fair will include displays and representatives from community organizations as well as interactive patient panels on different themes; each panel will last 45 minutes and consist of 3-4 patients talking about their experiences, followed by a question and answer period.

Students are asked to pre-register for the panels to ensure a place. Attendance at a Patient Panel is worth 30 exposure points in the IPE Passport.

For more information or to volunteer contact

View 2011 Community & Patient Fair video here.

UBC patient & community voices go to Milan 

2014 AMEE Conference, Milan, Italy

The Association for Medical Education in Europe is a key conference in health professions education, attracting over 3200 delegates each year.

Dr. Angela Towle was part of two presentations about the work that is being done in the UBC Division of Health Care Communication to enhance patient and community involvement at UBC.

With her colleagues from Toronto, Copenhagen and Leeds, Dr. Towle was part of a symposium, From Patient to Instructor: honouring patient engagement in medical educationThe group was asked to write up the symposium for the journal Medical Teacher.

Drs. Towle and Godolphin also facilitated a workshop on Patient and community involvement in health professional education. The workshop featured pre-recorded video clips from community partners who shared their experiences of how to build and sustain effective community-university partnerships in education. 

In Memoriam: Tim Lee

Tim Lee, a UBC Health Mentor, passed away on August 26, 2014 at the age of 43 after a valiant struggle with progressive multiple sclerosis.

We are grateful for Tim's contributions to the Health Mentors program and Allies in Health Fair from 2012-14.

"Tim has graciously given us the opportunity to understand his life with MS. Through this experience we were able to learn the importance of interprofessional collaboration and the need to address a lack of resources available to people with such conditions. Tim will always be remembered." - Csilla, Dave, Steven and Yan (students in Tim's Health Mentor group). 

Our sincerest condolences to Tim's family, friends and the students in his Health Mentor group.

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