A meeting of experts

Patient and Community Teachers at the Centre of Health Professional Education

Programs & Activities

Patients' Voices

Giving patient voices a place in health professional education.

Building Connections

Connecting faculty with opportunities to engage students in patient centered learning.

Understanding Patients

Helping healthcare students understand patient experiences.

Upcoming Programs


The first pilot workshop will be with 80 physical therapy students on June 28th. The session will include pediatric cases co-written and facilitated by parents of children with rare diseases. The aim is to help students learn about different kinds of advocacy, how they might collaborate with community agencies and individual patients / caregivers as well as how to support self-advocacy.

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The UBC Health Mentors Program is looking for volunteer health mentors/or caregivers who live with chronic conditions to share their medical expertise with our healthcare students. Health mentors are experts in their health and want to share their experiences living with a chronic condition.

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Latest News

Latest News
Jun 21, 2019

2018 Kerston Community Educator Awardees Announced

Congratulations to Marge and Eric Johnson and Ramon Montecillo who are the recipients of the 2018 R. Paul Kerston Community Educator Award! The awardees were nominated by students for…

Latest News
Jun 5, 2019

Health Mentors Needed! Apply Now!

Do you have a chronic condition or disability or care for someone who does? The Health Mentors program is a 9-month volunteer program in which…

Latest News
Jun 5, 2019

Community as Teacher Cultural Camps: Apply Now!

Are you a UBC health professional student interested in learning about an Aboriginal community? UBC Patient and Community Partnership for Education is now accepting applications…


Reports & Publications

Research Report No. 1 Community as teacher: Health professional students learn Cultural Safety from an Aboriginal community

Communica ons between health care professionals and Aboriginal people have long been iden ed as contributors to poor health out- comes. Associa ons between history, me, and trust create some of these di cul es. When we asked Aboriginal people for a solu on they said health professionals should “come and spend me with us”. Cultural immersion for health professional students allows the Aboriginal community to become their teacher.

Research Report No. 2 UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program 2011-2019

The Interprofessional Health Mentors Program (HMP) is a unique educational experience organized by Patient & Communi- ty Partnership for Education in the Office of UBC Health, in which teams of students from different health disciplines learn from and with a mentor who has a chronic condition or disability, or is a caregiver.


Ways to Get Involved

Whether you are a UBC health and human services student, a faculty member, a patient, or a community member - there are many ways for you to become involved.

*The term patient is overarching and is inclusive of individuals with personal experience of a health issue and informal caregivers, including family and friends.

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