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Attendee, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Learning Session

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

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The Ministry of Health is engaging with stakeholders in a five-hour workshop in Vancouver that aims to capture feedback on the Provincial Action Plan for gastrointestinal endoscopy services (e.g. colonoscopy, gastroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy). Join physicians, health authority administrators and Ministry staff to ensure the patient voice is represented!

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Ministry of Health, Specialized Services Division


The Ministry of Health has set direction for improving access to gastrointestinal endoscopy services in the province but needs to understand what is important to all stakeholders in order to shape, enable and operationalize those strategies. Patient partners can offer their expertise to ensure all other stakeholders are reminded of the patient's experience of accessing colonoscopy or other gastrointestinal endoscopy services. The patient partners will be equal to all other attendees at the workshop, fully participating in the facilitated discussion about the Endoscopy Action Plan and its activities.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • The workshop will be held at the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council offices in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, May 26, from 11:30 am-5:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.


Patient partners will be reimbursed for pre-approved local transportation expenses (e.g. mileage reimbursement for travel in personal vehicle, parking, public transit, taxi rides, etc.).


The Provincial Colonoscopy Working Group, made up of health authority and Ministry of Health representatives, want to collect feedback from a wider group of stakeholders on the GI Endoscopy Action Plan for 2019/20. Health authority administrators, gastroenterologists, general surgeons and Ministry staff will be involved. One additional patient partner has been recruited from the Interior region of BC.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Karen Estrin
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast

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Pamela Jessen

The Patient Voices Network allows me to engage and educate others on various health-related topics. By sitting on various committees and taking part in many activities, I can create real change in health care for everyone. It’s so empowering!