Issue No. 20 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

october 2015

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Voices Newsletter

Reaching over 1400 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.


Health Mentors Cohort 5 begins!


On September 28th, 200 students and 50 mentors gathered at Creekside Community Centre for the start of the Interprofessional Health Mentors program. This is the 5th group of students to take part in the program since it began in 2011.

The students will spend the next 16 months working in self-directed learning communities, learning with and from students from different health professional programs and their Health Mentor who is an expert in living with and managing chronic disease or disability.

Patient & Community Voices Go East

At the end of September, Angela Towle and Bill Godolphin were in Virginia, USA, to spread the word about their work at UBC at the Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) conference in Roanoke, and at a satellite meeting of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Crystal City.

At CAB, Angela was part of a symposium ‘Partnering with patients in interprofessional education and interprofessional practice in Canada and the US’, along with presenters from the University of Minnesota, Thomas Jefferson University and the Université de Montréal.

The symposium presenters have collaborated to write a chapter on partnering with patients for a book ‘Leading research and evaluation in interprofessional education and collaborative practice’. Read more...

Talking with Your Doctor
New facilitators trained

On the 13th of October service coordinators of the Parkinson Society of BC and the Multiple
Sclerosis Society of Canada
were trained by Angela Towle and Bill Godolphin to facilitate a
workshop: "Talking to Your Doctor".

Evidence shows that good communication with health professionals results in better health outcomes, yet many people report difficulties with that communication. 

Angela and Bill developed the workshop several years ago and have disseminated it through various organizations, aiming to help people in the community practice key communication skills that have been shown to make a difference: presenting information, asking questions, checking understanding and expressing concerns.

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Health Advocacy training for geriatric and family practice residents

On October 7th, ten geriatric and family practice residents took part in a workshop on health advocacy co-created and delivered in collaboration with community-based organizations that support seniors.

The workshop was developed as part of a project funded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to develop health advocacy training resources for medical residents.

A variation of the workshop for pediatric residents is under development in collaboration with the Rare Diseases Foundation and will be available soon!

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In Memoriam: Brenda Carney

Brenda Carney, a UBC Health Mentor (2013-14), passed away Oct 9th, 2015 in hospital.

We are grateful for Brenda's contributions to the Health Mentors Program.

Donations in Brenda's memory can be made to the Parkinson's Society of British Columbia, an organization meaningful to Brenda.

Where's the Patient's Voice Conference Update

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

The full conference program is now available. Take in presentations, workshops, and poster presentations from around the wo

On Saturday, November 14th, be part of The Vancouver Declaration! Conference delegates will gather to develop a consensus on the major developments and challenges in patient involvement in health professional education, and propose policy recommendations targeted at stakeholders e.g. academic institutions, community agencies, national bodies, government, funders.

Register online.

A student rate and individual day rates are available.

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Woodward Instructional Resources Center
400 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada
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