Issue No. 33 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

november 2016

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Voices Newsletter

Reaching over 1500 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.

Patients Needed for Clinical Placement Curriculum Project

Are you a patient who would like to help health care students learn how to work more collaboratively?

The UBC Practice Education Committee needs patients to help develop curriculum for health care students to learn and experience team work in clinical practice settings. The Integrated Interprofessional Clinical Placement Curriculum Model (i-IPCPC) is a project to develop a model for interprofessional education in clinical placements.

Patient experiences in acute and community health care settings is required. Past experience with curriculum development or as an educator is preferred. Read more...

Health Mentors Student Spotlight: Leanna Ng

At the time Leanna Ng joined the Health Mentors program in her last year of nursing school, she didn't know how much it would help her career.

"When I was applying for jobs, I received positive feedback for being a part of the Health Mentors Program from potential employers." says Leanna, now a full time nurse.

According to Leanna, employers want people who can work well in health care teams. The Health Mentors Program is seen favourably because employers recognize that the best patient care requires team work that cuts across health care disciplines. 

Since most health care training takes place in professional silos, opportunities like the Health Mentors program could give students an edge when applying for jobs after graduation. 

Read: Health Mentors Report 2011-2016

We go to Seattle!

In November, Angela and Bill attended the Association of American Medical Colleges meeting in Seattle to fly the flag of patient involvement in medical education once more.

Angela hosted a lunch time round-table discussion on the topic, and we presented a poster of the findings of our study on the sustainability of patients-as-educator initiatives. There was great interest in the Health Mentors program from colleagues in Ohio and Philadelphia, so who knows where we might go next.

'Talk to Your Doc' Trains 44 New Facilitators

This month, 44 first year medical students were trained as new facilitators for 'Talk to Your Doc'  - an outreach program that helps high school students ease the anxiety about accessing health care. The medical students are from all four sites of the UBC Undergraduate Medical Program.

Three returning second year students, Alexa Mordhorst, Jessica Cathcart and Derin Karacabeyli, shared tips and tricks from their experiences of delivering Talk to Your Doc workshops last year.

With a total of 51 medical students now set to deliver Talk to Your Doc workshops across the province, we look forward to offering workshops for high school students in Prince George, Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver in the New Year.

Where's the Patient's Voice One Year Anniversary!

November marks one year since delegates from around the world gathered in Vancouver to share innovations that embed the patient's voice in health professional education.

In the year since the conference there have been many promising developments:
  • ‘The Vancouver Statement’ was published with priorities for action over the next 5 years.
  • A core group of about 20 Vancouver delegates have formed an organization called 'Patients in Education' (PIE) to advance the work locally.
  • Work is underway to create a standing patient/community advisory committee for UBC Health.
  • The BMJ published an article that promotes patient involvement in medical conferences.
  • Several major conferences have included sessions on patient involvement.

Updated Patient Involvement Bibliography 1975-2016

An updated bibliography of patient involvement is now available. Originally funded by a grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the bibliography now covers over 40 years of literature on patient involvement in health professional education!

Patient Involvement in Health Professional Education: A Bibliography 1975 - November 2016.
Brought to you by:

Patient & Community Partnership for Education
Office of UBC Health
Woodward Instructional Resources Center
400 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada
Tel: (604) 822-8002

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