Issue No.13 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

march 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.


Call for Nominations

Do you know a patient / community member who has made a difference to student learning at UBC?

Named after long-time community educator, R. Paul Kerston, this award was established in 2014 to honour outstanding patients / community educators who have expanded student learning beyond traditional professional boundaries. Read more...

View eligibility criteria here.
For a nomination form click here.
Direct questions to
Nomination deadline: March 31, 2015


Patient & Community Voices 

Workshops are led by patients/clients and caregivers who share their unique experiences and expertise.

ENCORE: Living & Communicating with Aphasia
Time: 10:30am-1:00pm
Date: March 5th 2015
Location: UBC
Personal Experiences of Epilepsy
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: March 12th 2015
Location: Raven Song Community Centre
Stereotypes, Truth & Moving towards Reconciliation: What health professional students need to know about First Nations history 
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Date: March 18th 2015
Location: Nanaimo & Broadway, Vancouver BC
How To Work With Interpreters
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Date: March 26th 2015
Location: VGH area
Registration opens March 11th

Register at:

All workshops qualify for 40 exposure points in the IPE Passport.

Medical students make a case for patient educators

In a recent paper published in the Health Professional Student Journal, UBC medical students Melissa Ng and Jenny Chu make a strong case for patient involvement in health professional education.

The pair spent the summer as interns with the UBC Division of Health Care Communication adapting patient-led educational activities for the new MD undergraduate curriculum. The paper highlights how changes in education are making way for students to choose to have patients as educators in their training.

The work was funded by the UBC Faculty of Medicine Summer Student Internship Program.

Ng M & Chu C. (2015). Increasing patient involvement in health professional education. Health Professional Student Journal, 1(1): 1-5.

If you are unable to access the paper, contact

Community organizations

Information Session
Hosted by UBC Pharmacy

UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences is looking to place 1st year pharmacy students in community organizations to work on projects that address a true community need. Attend an information session to learn more. Read more...

Event details
March 25th, 3:30 - 5:30pm 
Trout Lake Community Centre
Grandview Room
Wine & snacks provided

RSVP by March 19th, 2015
Register here.

Contact Paulo Tchen at or 604-827-0173. 

New video of Allies in Health Fair

"I've never been to a fair quite like this." says medical student Monique Marguerie in a new video that looks inside the Allies in Health Fair Patient & Community Fair.

See what students, faculty and community members say about this unique opportunity to learn about patient experiences and community-based resources.

Watch it here!

What's your favourite part of the Fair?

Volunteers needed for Where's the Patient's Voice 2015?

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

The conference will look at advances in the role that patients play in training health professionals since the first conference in 2005. View the 2005 conference report here

Conferences organizers are looking for volunteers who would like to help showcase patient and community voices at UBC. If you would like to take part contact Cathy Kline at

View Call for Abstracts here.
Abstract Deadline: April 30, 2015


Brought to you by:

Division of Health Care Communication
College of Health Disciplines
Woodward Instructional Resources Center
400 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada
Tel: (604) 822-8002