Enhancing health professional learning

For the seventh consecutive year, UBC Health delivered the Integrated Curriculum. In 2022/23, UBC Health collaborated with patients and community members to enhance student learning for 2,290 students from 15 health professional programs as part of the Curriculum. Sessions on substance use and addiction and collaborative decision-making were developed and delivered in collaboration with people with lived and living experience and subsequently integrated as formal components of students’ programs. Learning was enriched through stories and the opportunity to debrief case discussions with people bringing their lived experiences into the sessions. Our ongoing partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health helps ensure that all health professional students receive foundational Indigenous cultural safety training as we continue to collaboratively facilitate the delivery of the UBC 23 24 Indigenous Cultural Safety program through the Integrated Curriculum.

UBC Health also provided students with additional opportunities to learn directly from patients and community members about what health means to them through the Community Voice Workshop Series. Hosted by the Patient and Community Partnership for Education at UBC Health, workshops on the topics of disability health, mental health, living in poverty, refugee health, living with HIV, stereotypes in healthcare, and substance use stigma extend beyond what students learn in their professional programs—enriching the perspectives they will eventually bring to their future roles.

Strategic Objectives

This work advances the following UBC Health strategic objectives:

  • Education innovation: Renew classroom-based and develop practice-based curricula, reinforced by scholarship in health education
  • Public and patient engagement: Expand engagement to advance diverse community priorities, enhance learner experiences, and align research activities
  • Coordinated responses: Coalesce experts and efforts to further collaborative health education and interdisciplinary research in response to pressing health challenges

Back to Plan in Action

Posted October 23, 2023


  • Collaborative Health Education
  • Partnerships