Issue No. 32 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

October 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.

UBC Health Mentors Program Tops 1000 Students!

On October 3rd, 146 students and 37 mentors gathered at Creekside Community Centre for the start of the 2016-17 Interprofessional Health Mentors program. It is the 6th cohort of mentors and students to take part in the program since it began in 2011 - bringing the total number of students reached by the program to over 1000!

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 managing chronic disease or disability.

The program has over 150 mentors with expertise in spinal cord injury, mental health, HIV, cerebral palsy, brain injury, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and more. Many mentors have expertise in more than one condition.

Patients in Education (PIE) Update

Patients in Education (formerly the 'Vancouver Group') has resumed regular meetings after a summer break.

The group is working on a proposal to the UBC Teaching & Learning Enhancement Fund for a pilot project to support student-initiated experiential learning with patients. The project will build on the success of the Health Mentors program and Community Voices workshop series which are highly rated but have limited spaces for students.

PIE is also planning a forum for potential collaborators in the New Year. Stay tuned!

Mentor Spotlight: Fran Banks

Fran speaking to new staff at Vancouver General Hospital

Fran Banks is a patient educator extraordinaire! She has been a UBC Health Mentor since 2013 and recently began volunteering with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) where she presents at orientation sessions for new staff. 

"I am thoroughly enjoying my position as a VCH "Patient Educator". It is an excellent opportunity and like the Mentoring program there is so much we, as volunteers, can learn. I truly believe we never get old as long as we're willing to listen, share and learn." says Fran.

Fran also helps to improve BC's health care system by volunteering with the Patient Voices Network where she is featured in this month's 'Meet our Volunteers' blog. Read more... 

27th Annual Lupus Wellness & Education Symposium

October is Lups Awareness Month

Date: Saturday October 29, 2016
Time: 9am-4pm
Where: St. Paul’s Hospital
Lecture Theatre
Register: online

The annual education event brings together international lupus experts to speak about the effects of and the latest treatments for lupus. This is a highly anticipated and well-attended event for members of the lupus community and many others whose lives are touched by lupus.

Health professionals and health care students can attend at no cost.

The day includes all break refreshments and lunch. Pre-registration is required. Read more...

BC Lupus Society: 604-714-5564

Parking at St. Paul’s Hospital on the event day will be subsided by BC Lupus Society, contact for details.
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

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