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Guest Speaker, Doctors of BC Specialist Symposium

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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A patient’s story has the power to move people and influence actions. Doctors of BC is seeking a patient partner to share their experience of the challenges of coordinating care across multiple health care providers at an upcoming medical specialist symposium in Vancouver.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Doctors of BC


The goal of the Specialist Symposium is to engage front-line specialists from around the province in dialogue related to the future of specialist care in BC, ultimately helping shape the next three-year plan of the Specialist Services Committee. The patient partner would share their experience with multiple providers in the hopes of providing a human face to the challenges of their journey.

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: 1 Date, Time, Location: The event will take place Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Sheraton Wall Centre downtown Vancouver from 0830 - 1000. The patient partner would ideally speak for around 30 minutes to a group of approximately 200 attendees. The patient partner is welcome to attend the entire all day session but will only need to speak in the morning.


Parking: Receipted parking charges will be reimbursed. Accommodation: A maximum of $220 per night before tax will be reimbursed for accommodation. Must include receipt for accommodation for reimbursement. Accommodation expenses are not an eligible where the conference or meeting is fewer than 50 km from the claimant’s personal residence. Meal Expenses: Meals are reimbursed up to a maximum per meal at: • Breakfast $20 • Lunch $30 • Dinner $50 Alcohol is not eligible for reimbursement. If a meal is provided without charge, no claim for that meal can be made. Travel Expenses / Vehicle Expenses:  Travel costs for the most reasonable and economical route to attendance. Mileage of fewer than 25kms one way will not be reimbursed. Reimbursement will be made at $0.54/kilometer for private vehicle mileage incurred. Mileage expenses must not exceed airfare for the same travel.


The purpose of this symposium is to create space to hold substantive discussions and gather feedback from front-line and champion specialist physicians around current work underway and future priorities. The main audience in attendance will be general practitioners, and representatives from health authorities and Doctors of BC. Please see our save the date card for further background information. We are looking for a patient partner that has a powerful story related to their experience of receiving care from multiple medical specialists. Their story would bring to life the challenges of coordinating care across multiple providers. Touching on topics such as access issues, the impact of waiting, and other such hurdles you experienced will help the group of specialists in attendance be able to appreciate the complexity and challenges from the patient lens versus solely from their specific clinical focus. Through sharing a personal story of their own care journey, the patient partner will provide a uniquely human lens of specialist care.  

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Kathryn Proudfoot
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial

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Laura Klein

Clinical Practice Consultant in Fraser Health

Laura Klein

Seeking the patient perspective doesn’t have to be complicated; it simply entails a commitment to ask and listen. Patient advisors not only bring a valuable perspective but also share original ideas and unique skills. Including the patient and family perspective changes the conversation and aligns the team’s focus towards common goals.