Student-initiated experiential learning with patients: expanding opportunities

Title Student-initiated experiential learning with patients: expanding opportunities
Faculty/College/Unit Medicine
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Project Summary

Multiprofessional and interprofessional experiential learning opportunities for students to learn from patients are offered by Patient & Community Partnership for Education (PCPE) in the Office of UBC Health. About 350 students from across all health professional programs participate each year but demand is higher than we can accommodate. Patient involvement within professional programs is also limited. Building on the expertise of PCPE and their patient/community collaborators, this project will develop and test a model to support more students to learn from patients in a variety of ways by linking them with experienced patient educators who are willing and able to share their lived experiences and expertise. Learning requests, facilitated by enhancing the functionality and resources of an existing website, could be initiated by students (individuals or groups) or faculty. Opportunities for interprofessional engagement and sharing of learning will be built into the model.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Angela Towle
Year 1: Funded Amount 27,896
Year 1: Team Members

Leandra Best, Associate Dean Academic Affairs, Faculty of Dentistry
Michael Lee, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Kathy O’Flynn-Magee, Senior Instructor, UBC School of Nursing
Sue Murphy, Interim Head, Department of Physical Therapy
Marion Pearson, Director Entry-to-Practice Programs, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bonita Sawatzky, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics
William Godolphin, Co-Director Patient & Community Partnership for Education, Office of UBC Health & Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Phoebe Cheng, third year medical student
Matthew Laing, first year medical student
Olivia Marais, second year medical student
Julie Wasson, final year nursing student & VP External UBC Health Science Student Association