Issue No.12 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC


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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.

Ruitenberg C. & Towle A. (2014). "How to do things with words" in health professions education. Advances in Health Sciences Education Theory and Practice. 10.1007/s10459-014-9568-7.

If you are unable to access the paper, please contact Cathy Kline at


Health Mentors Program subject of PhD research

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.

The work is funded by a grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The group aims to make educational packages that illustrate different kinds of health advocacy that residents might do with community-based organizations. Read more...

Application Deadline: Topics in Aboriginal Health

The deadline is fast approaching for IHHS 408 Topics in Aboriginal Health: A Community-Based Experience!

This unique four-week, 6-credit summer course offers students in the health disciplines an opportunity to learn, live, work, and play in a First Nations community in BC.

Offered by the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health in partnership with five First Nations communities across BC. Read more...
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.

Registration is required. 
To register visit:

Limited spaces left for students in dentistry, dental hygiene, medicine, kinesiology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and social work.

This workshop is eligible for 40 Exposure points in the IPE passport.

Interested in presenting at 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

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

Conferences organizers want to showcase patient and community voices at UBC. If you would like to take part contact Cathy Kline at


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