Reaching over 1200 people in the community and university, this newsletter promotes patient and community involvement in health professional education at UBC.
Health Mentors study published
Mentors help students to be thoughtful about word choices.
A study of what students learn from their discussion and reflections about words and meanings in the UBC Health Mentors Program has been published in the journal Advances in Health Sciences Education Theory and Practice.
The study supports opportunities for students to reflect on language use and says the inclusion of patients and clients as members of interprofessional teams may promote more careful use of professional language.
Wafa Asadian, a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at UBC, has made the Health Mentors program the focus of her dissertation research.
"I am following four Health Mentor groups for a year to find out how they develop communities of practice." says Wafa.
Using video recordings of group sessions, interviews with group members and supervisors, as well as students' reflective journals, Wafa will examine mentor expertise to find out how and what the program teaches students. Read more...
Wafa will keep us posted on her progress!
Mentors recognized at annual meeting
Health Mentors from cohort 3 were recognized at an annual meeting of their peers in January. Thirty-six new and returning mentors attended the meeting including Cheryl Johnson who has been a mentor since the program began in 2011.
"As a Health Mentor, I have the opportunity to share insights, expertise, and experiences that cannot be found in a textbook and is an integral part of the learning experience for the students who are future health care professionals. The icing on the cake is the synergy, friendships, mutually rewarding relationships built, advocacy and vision that is birthed from our 16 month adventure together." says Cheryl who is a firm believer that interprofessional communication is essential for the future of health care.
Mentors received a group photo and were personally acknowledged by program Director, Dr. Angela Towle, who read excerpts from the final reflective journal entries of students about the impact of the program. Read select journal excerpts here.
Health Advocacy Forum
Medical residents, faculty and representatives from community organizations met in January to begin work on a project to co-create educational materials for medical residents to learn about health advocacy.
Applications Due: February 20, 2015
For more information and to apply click here.
Talk is Cheap Encore Workshop!
Living and Communicating with Aphasia
Thursday, March 5th, 10:30am-1:00pm
Friedman building, UBC
Due to the large waitlist for the previous workshop an encore workshop is now available.
The workshop is an opportunity for UBC students to learn what life is like with aphasia - a communication disorder that is the result of brain injury, most commonly stroke. Experts with aphasia will present information about their communication challenges and describe their experiences.