Connect with patients to assist in overcoming the challenges you face in your current activities.
Create education experiences that engages patient expertise and lived experience that is innovative, evolving and engaging for learners.

Health Care Team Challenge

Student team based clinical case study

Health Care Team Challenge – an interprofessional student team based clinical case study

2017 : 1 public member for adjudication panel
2018: 2 public members for adjudication panel
Students Reached: 24

“[She] brought a unique perspective to the Health Care Team Challenge, and was able to provide the students with insight into cultural gaps in the interactions of Aboriginal communities from home reserves and Aboriginal communities off reserve.”
– Program Coordinator, Office of UBC Health


Dietetics Professional Practice Course

On nutritional counselling skills

Dietetics professional practice course on nutritional counselling skills

2018: 40 patient volunteers
Students reached: 40

“Being involved with clients who have health challenges was hugely valuable and welcome after working with generally healthy community volunteers in last year’s course.
– Karol Travis, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

“It showed me I don’t always have to be the expert. Sometimes my role is to support and help clients problem solve.
– Shadi Balanji, 4th year Dietetics student


Physical Therapy 516

Course session on patient interviewing

Physical Therapy 516 course session on patient interviewing

2016: 12 patient volunteers
2017: 13 patient volunteers
Students reached: 160

“The volunteers enable us to simulate an actual clinical encounter and add a depth of realism which is simply not possible with role play or other student led activities. They speak from the heart and tell students how it feels to be on the receiving end of treatment”
– Sue Murphy, Head, Department of Physical Therapy


University Committees

Integrated Interprofessional Clinical Placement Curriculum Model (i-IPCPC) Project

2017 – 2 public members for the working group to develop a framework for teaching health care team work in practice sites for health care students.  Providing feedback on different curriculum models for teaching and assessing collaboration skills.

UBC Health Awards Committee

2016 – 2 patient/public representatives

2017 – 2 patient/public representatives

The mandate of the committee is to adjudicate all applications and nominations for scholarships and awards managed by the Office of the Vice-Provost Health and make decisions on the most appropriate candidate for each scholarship and award.

UBC HEALTH COUNCIL – 2017 – 1 new public member

UBC HEALTH PATIENT & COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE –2017 – 8 patient/community representatives

The committee is to advise the UBC Health Council, work in partnership to include diverse, autonomous and authentic voices of patients in the education of health and social care professionals, and to advocate for patients as active collaborators in the role of teachers, assessors, curriculum developers and educational decision makers.

Opportunities for PIE Members to Influence Health Professional Education at UBC



Time Period

# of people needed

Health Mentors Program
Mentor groups of students from different disciplines and/or help with mentor recruitment
Sept 2019 - Dec 2020 (Recruit Apr - Aug)
Health Advocacy project with physical therapy, medicine, occupational therapy, pharmacy
Working Groups, resource and case development, workshop facilitation
Apr 2019 - Mar 2019
Patient Engagement Gallery Walk
Help faculty engage patients in educational programs (see spectrum of involvement)
June annually
VP Health - strategic planning, awards committee, Health Council, etc.
Patient Partner / Advisor
Over the next 5 years (2-3 year term)
Patient Advisory Committee (PAC)
Committee member
3 year term
Patient & Community Voices workshops
Workshop development and facilitation
2 workshops / year
Living Library
Video vignettes
Pharmacy 141 Patient-Centred Care activity
Group facilitation
Oct annually
Physical Therapy 516 Clinical skills
Volunteer patient for students to practice interviewing
Sept annually
Medicine 419 & 429 (FLEX student projects)
Help with student-initiated projects to involve patients in student learning
Sept-June annually
Philosophy 333 Bioethics
End-Of-Life Care Panelist
Denistry, Audiology & Speech Sciences Professional Practice
Role play for students to practice communication skills and coaching
UBC Continuing Professional Development - curriculum development
Focus groups / interviews / working groups about: End-of-Life Care; Healthy Aging; New ICBC Procedures
Doctorate of Nursing Capstone project (Vancouver Island)
Patient input to develop a module on person-centered handover/bedside report
Early 2020