2020-21 Interprofessional Health Mentors Program Virtual Symposium
The Interprofessional ‘Health Mentors’ (HM) program is a unique educational experience in which teams of 3-4 students from different health disciplines learn together from and with a mentor. Health mentors can be adult patients/clients with a chronic disability or caregivers who provide long-term care to a loved one with a chronic disability. Mentors are experts in their life and help students learn how health care providers can support people with chronic conditions and their caregivers. There are 48 mentors and 186 students in the 2020-21 program.
In the 2021 Health Mentors Virtual Symposium the teams shared their learning with other UBC students, faculty, and the community through tweets and 10 minute Zoom presentations. We invite you to view and discuss the presentations archived below.
Tweet: Healthcare professionals – start looking beyond the diagnosis! Holistic care with inclusive services is the future. Person before disease.
Jacob, Genetic Counseling
Simone, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: The challenges of returning to daily life post-hospital discharge for individuals with a schizophrenia diagnosis.
Caitlin, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Tailoring your Health Concerns
Think Twice — Speak Once!
Eunice, Occupational Therapy
Vasko, Physical Therapy
Tweet: My knowledge is different from your knowledge.
Arizah, Occupational Therapy
Reyna, Physical Therapy
Tweet: The importance of placing patients with lived experiences and their caregivers at the center of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
Rebecca, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Health issues don’t discriminate. Collaborating with patients who had to suddenly and unexpectantly reinvent themselves is key
Ashtyn, Speech-Language Pathology
Colby, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Exceptional health care is a result of teamwork, meaningful relationships, and resiliency.
Urian, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Medical care results from standing alone outside the window looking in. Individual care results when the window is opened.
Angie, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: I have spondyloarthritis, it does not have me.
Cayla, Occupational Therapy
Kiara, Genetic Counselling
Tweet: Everyone has a unique health journey. The client should be treated as an ally and expert in their journey, not just a patient.
Mariah, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Everyone, including the patient, holds an equal seat at the table in #patientcenteredcare; sharing experiences, knowledge, and respect, working toward common goals.
Carrie, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Illness does not define me; I define what my illness means to me.
Amna, Occupational Therapy
Hillary, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: It is important to collaborate as a cohesive healthcare team and keep the patient at the centre of care while listening to their concerns.
Anna, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: Living away from a major health centre while going through a double lung transplant is manageable, but it takes a village!
Faith, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: Patient-centered care is person-centered care that acknowledges humanity and the patient as more than just their disease/disability. #HMP15
Allison, Speech-Language Pathology
Daniela, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Practicing with a holistic and integrative approach to treatment guided by understanding patient values and life circumstances.
Tweet: Exploring Lynda’s experience navigating the health care system, we discussed topics from multiple perspectives, like words and their meaning.
Ainsley, Occupational Therapy
Mackenzie, Speech Language Pathology
Tweet: Health care is client centered care! Being part of the client’s journey is a privilege, not a right! The client is more than a diagnosis.
Abigail, Occupational Therapy
Nicole, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: We don’t know what’s going to be thrown at us, but we can choose to work with our healthcare team to handle it with resiliency and optimism.
Sarah, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: Words to Live By: The Power of Communication in Healthcare. The language we use, the perspectives we take, and the books we read.
Katie, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Ultimate care is achieved when the expertise of health care providers is combined with the expertise of patients.
Mehala, Occupational Therapy
Michelle, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: Patient experience must inform access & advocacy, not stigma & assumptions about the visibility of disability. #PharmacareNow #Insulin4All
Ann, Genetic Counselling
Emma, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: Powerful questions, listening, curiosity, and respect – the foundation of trust and a meaningful patient/provider partnership.
Maureen, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Person-centred care involves seeing the person as a whole, not just a diagnosis. It is about showing compassion and supporting the human.
Denise, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Empathy versus sympathy. Importance and impact of informed, collaborative decision making between the healthcare team and patient.
Simrin, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: Walk beside the client, not in front of them!
Lauren, Speech-Language Pathology
Rebecca, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: The foundation to a fruitful therapeutic relationship is rapport-building.
Allandra, Occupational Therapy
Philip, Physical Therapy
Tweet: Collaborative partnerships are reciprocal and adaptive. They involve continually seeking to fully understand the desires of our patient.
Elisabeth, Occupational Therapy
Jasmine, Physical Therapy
Tweet: Change through innovation – improving the treatments and changing the narratives through advocacy in HIV. #ItTakesAVillage
Tweet: Navigating illness is a long uphill climb, even for the strongest client advocate: health care workers must ensure their patients are not left climbing alone.
Sarah, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Change the status quo w/ other HCPs? “Nothing 2 me w/o me”: We learned to work w/ our pts not on our pts. Empower pts to improve outcomes.
Adelena, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Collaborative care by a multidisciplinary team of OTs, kinesiologists, and physicians helps in a timely diagnosis and management of invisible illnesses such as ME.
Mariam, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: “Why don’t you just get over it?”, they say. But for her, this was not the way. Instead, she chooses to accept and have her own say.
Heather, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Inclusive & effective care is led by a client’s lived experience. Listen to the client’s insights to guide best services, resources & treatments.
Jen, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: The patient’s interdisciplinary team is greater than the sum of its parts. #wereallinthistogether
Katrina, Occupational Therapy
Ko Ta, Medicine
Tweet: Inclusion in disability care should look at the whole person, rather than just the disability.
Donna Mae, Kinesiology
Wilson, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Person centred care is thrown around a lot but it must be remembered! We should be focusing on it the entire time. It’s not a new trend.
Brechan, Physical Therapy
Jessica Li, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Listen with the intent to understand, not to respond.
Victoria, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Client centred care: listening w/o judgement, empathy, dismantling ableism, respond vs react, allowing all voices, patients are the experts.
Kimberly, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: Communication is key and how you say things matter!
#Communication #PatientCenteredCare #CulturallySafeCare #InterprofessionalTeams
Aisling, Physical Therapy
Shannon, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: The way in which health care professionals communicate with patients, and with each other, greatly impacts quality of care.
Alison, Speech-Language Pathology
Emma, Genetic Counselling
Jacqueline, Physical Therapy
Tweet: Who is the person behind the patient?
Nicole, Occupational Therapy
Sukhi, Physical Therapy
Tweet: Communication: patient-centered, collaborative, intentional, and relational.
Cheyenne, Occupational Therapy
Manraj, Genetic Counselling
Nicole, Speech-Language Pathology
Tweet: We need to be aware of patient-centered care. It’s the future.
Isabel, Speech-Language Pathology
Sylvie, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: “Survivor,” “You’re so brave.” We can’t make assumptions, you’re more than a diagnosis. Practice whole person care with compassion.
Sharon, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: For care to be truly patient-centred, collaboration amongst HCPs must be complemented by a health information system that records and shares relevant patient information in an effective manner; without such a system, the cost of ineffective information sharing is inadequate care.
Claire, Speech-Language Pathology
Maria Julia, Kinesiology
Buffy, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: The four pillars of patient centred care are advocacy, empathy, trust, and respect.
Jennifer, Occupational Therapy
Tweet: My doctor prohibits my access to MY medical records. Unfair! #medicalrecordrights
Brenden, Occupational Therapy
Loryn, Genetic Counselling
Celebrating 10 Years of Health Mentors!
The UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program is proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary in the education of health care professionals. The Health Mentors program is a powerful example of community-based transformative learning. Over 1,500 students and 200 mentors have taken part since the program began in 2011. This year in response to Covid-19, the Health Mentors Program has continued to innovate with online group meetings and our 2021 Virtual Symposium.
Shaping the hearts & minds of the next generation of health care professionals!
The UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program is coordinated by Patient & Community Partnership for Education in the Office of UBC Health and is funded by UBC Health.