Issue No. 22 Community Voices in Health Professional Education at UBC

DECember 2015

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2015 brought exciting changes for patient & community voices at UBC with a new home in the Office of the Vice-Provost Health and a new name. 

We were inspired by the 2nd international conference on 'Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education? - 10 Years On?' returning to Vancouver and the scope of patient involvement in education happening around the world.

Thank you for being part of the 'Patient & Community Partnership for Education'. Let's build on the momentum in 2016!

Wishing you a joyful holiday season! 


'Where's the Patient's Voice' Vancouver delegates meet

Following the international 'Patient's Voice' conference, a group of delegates from Vancouver met to identify local action items and next steps. 

The group identified several priorities for action that include developing a network and using technology to build capacity and extend the reach of patient engagement in education.

The group will meet again in the new year to work on fundraising and to develop a communications plan.

Over 40 medical students take part in 'Talk to Your Doc'

On November 23rd, over 40 first year medical students representing each of the MD undergraduate programs in Prince George, Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver were trained to facilitate 'Talk To Your Doc' workshops for BC high school students.

"We are excited to run workshops across British Columbia in the coming year." says program coordinator Janet Lee.

'Talk To Your Doc' is an outreach program by UBC medical students to help high school students develop an independent relationship with their doctor. Read more...

Patient Advisory Group ensures people are at the centre of 'UBC Health'


The new UBC Office of the Vice-Provost Health (OVPH) has formed a Patient Advisory Group to help ensure a person-centred approach to health professional education. The 7 member group was initially set up to inform the development of a new continuing studies curriculum for practicing professionals in January 2014.

"After suffering some initial growing pains and changes in definition, we are forging ahead with renewed purpose thanks to the leadership of the Office of the Vice-Provost Health." says Kent Loftsgard, who is one of the group's original members. Read more...

Conference Reflections from the Patient | Carer Community Leeds University, UK

Photo: Cedrick the grape-eating seagull who befriended the Leeds gang at the Vancouver conference.

Vancouver, land of the Kw-Uhnx-Wa (Aboriginal word Thunderbird), city of the Canucks (Ice hockey team), birth place of the ‘Big Vera’ (the biggest burger I’ve ever seen and had the pleasure of eating) and home to the 'Where’s the Patients Voice in Health Professional Education – 10 years on?'

From the opening ceremony, where we were welcomed to Vancouver by an elder from Nuu-chah-nulth peoples and we paid our respects to mother earth and father sky, it felt like we were taking part in something quite special...and it was something very special. Read more...

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