Interprofessional Health Mentors Program

UBC health professional students learn from patient educators in a longitudinal interprofessional program.

A 9-month program for students from different health disciplines to learn from and with a mentor who has a chronic condition or disability or a caregiver. Groups (four students and a mentor) meet over the Fall and Winter Terms. Groups are self-directed with the mentor as the primary teacher. Students have a faculty supervisor from their professional program who reads the reflective journals written after each meeting.

Participating programs: Audiology, Dentistry, Clinical Psychology, Genetic Counselling, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology.

Mentors have a wide range of experiences with the health care system and expertise in managing conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, HIV, mental health, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury or stroke.

The Health Mentors Program has been supported by funding from the Office of UBC Health, Cedar Lodge Endowment, UBC School of Occupational Therapy, Margaret McPhee, Bill Gibson, and the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.

For more information about the Health Mentors Program, see below or to apply, click here.

Information for Potential Applicants

Information for potential applicants

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Application for Mentors

Application form for Mentors

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Application for Caregivers

application for caregivers

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Videos: 

 
Mentors and Students share their experiences in the Health Mentors Program. 

 
Faculty, Mentors and Students share why the HM Program is important in the context of interprofessional and patient centered learning.