Patients in Education

PIE’s mission is to fully integrate patient and community expertise and lived experience into health professional education. Our focus on patient and community expertise empowers individuals and organizations, opening new opportunities for communication with academic educators and future healthcare providers. 

WHO WE ARE:

Patients in Education (PIE) is a not-for-profit society that is meeting the emerging and increasing needs of UBC health faculty and students for patient and community educators. Our members are representatives of community organizations and individuals who wish to advance patient/community
involvement in the education of future health professionals.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

PIE’s mission is to fully integrate patient and community expertise and lived experience into health professional education. Our focus on patient and community expertise empowers individuals and organizations, opening new opportunities for communication with academic educators and future healthcare providers. 

YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO US ….. JOIN US – we are excited to welcome new members:

– Patients/Caregivers
– Partner organizations
– Students
– Educators – We would love to work with you to help you (aimed at educators)

Patients in Education Help...

patient/everyday person icon

Patients

PIE helps PATIENTS: play an active role in professional healthcare education, empowering them and giving them confidence to participate, reduce power barriers and have their lived experience impact future healthcare providers

student reading book icon

Students

PIE helps STUDENTS: by introducing the patient’s voice to learners as early as possible which is essential in preparing current and future practitioners to work in partnership with patients.

health professional/educator icon

Educators

PIE helps EDUCATORS: create education that is innovative, evolving and engaging or learners especially with regard to recognition and respect for patient expertise and lived experience.

Outreach

Gallery Walk

In June 2018 Patients In Education invited UBC faculty and colleagues to explore new ways to engage patients in educational programs.  It was a great opportunity for them to meet patient educators and find out about the many different ways they can be involved in student learning at UBC.

Community Forum

In April 2017 Patients In Education held a community forum to bring together non-profits, engaged citizens, and UBC’s Patient and Community Partnership for Education in an action-oriented event to identify opportunities to collaborate and enrich health professional education at UBC.

C2U Expo

In May 2017 at a symposium in Vancouver, BC, members of Patients In Education presented the stages of PIE’s journey through sharing stories of our experiences and lessons learned.  Topics included:  focus on student learning as a way of bringing diverse stakeholders together; the role of cultural brokers between university and community; impacts on the community, students and university; and benefits to community of influencing the next generation of healthcare professionals.

AMEE Conference

In August 2017 at AMEE (an international association or medical education) in Helsinki, Finland, PIE presented the development of Patients In Education as an organization that engages with the university to enrich the education of students through inclusion of the patient’s voice.  PIE described its evolution, lessons learned, and key factors for success during the first 18 months.