Issue No. 25 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

march 2016

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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.

The Vancouver Statement accepted for publication

The Vancouver Statement about the involvement of patients in the education of health and social care professionals was developed at the international conference on 'Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education?' held in Vancouver in November 2015.

The statement will be published in the International Journal of Health Governance shortly.

Towle A, et al. (2016). The patient's voice in health and social care professional education: the Vancouver Statement. International Journal of Health Governance 21(1).

When it is published, the statement will be open access and available at:

Editorial on 'Where's the Patient's Voice?' available

Dr. Angela Towle's editorial from the 'Patient's Voice' conference in November has been published in the open access Brazilian journal Interface: Comunicação, Saúde, Educação.

The article provides an historical perspective as well as future directions for patient involvement in health professional education.

Towle A. (2016). Where's the patient's voice in health professional education?  Interface: Comunicação, Saúde, Educação 20(57): 285-287.

If you have trouble accessing the paper, please contact

The Vancouver Group

The 'Vancouver Group' met again in March. It was the third meeting of the group who has started a local network to support patient and community involvement in health professional education.

The group will meet on April 4th to confirm a vision and draft mission statements. Stay tuned!

2015 Community Educator Awardee Honoured

Photo: Bill Godolphin and Angela Towle with Paula Carr (at the right), 
Paula Carr was awarded the 2nd annual R. Paul Kerston Community Educator Award at a reception hosted by the UBC Office of the Vice-Provost Health in February.

Congratulations to this outstanding community educator!

2016 Call for nominations extended to June 30th

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 and community educators who have expanded student learning beyond traditional professional boundaries. Read more...

View eligibility criteria here.
For a nomination form click here.
Send questions to

Nominations accepted by June 30th
Award(s) announced: Fall 2016

Patient & Community Voices workshops

Patient & Community Voices workshops are patient- and community-led, interprofessional learning opportunities for UBC health and human service students. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Stereotypes, Truth & Moving towards Reconciliation: What health professional students need to know about First Nations History
Date: April 12, 2016
Time: 5:00-7:30pm

How to Work With Interpreters in a Multicultural Clinic Setting
April 13, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Workshops are eligible for 30 Exposure points in the IPE passport.

For more information and to register click here.

You're Invited!

The ME/FM Society of BC invites you to an event for International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

Dr. Mark VanNess will speak at this event.

When: Sunday May 15th, 1- 4pm 
Where: Paetzold Lecture Theatre, Jim Pattison Pavillion, Vancouver General Hospital, 899 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Entry: Members: $10   /  Non-Members: $20 – Cash Only
Brought to you by:

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