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Member, BCIT Interprofesssional Education Advisory Sub Committee



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region


Volunteer Opportunity
The BCIT School of Health Sciences (SoHS), a provincial leader in health science education is seeking patient partners to participate on an advisory sub committee for monthly virtual meetings (February – June 2023). This will involve reviewing patient partner processes related to orientation and the student interprofessional curriculum. If you would like to ensure that students are prepared to deliver high quality person and family centred care across the health care spectrum, this could be the opportunity for you!


Lead Organization/Department
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), School of Health Sciences

The SOHS Interprofessional Education (IPE) Advisory Committee is seeking consultation with patient partners to ensure authentic patient perspectives are integrated in the interprofessional curriculum. Patient Partners will provide feedback on existing interprofessional workshops in order to ensure an increased focus on patient perspectives in SoHS professional programs.

The purpose of engaging patient partners is for educators and patients to work together to implement authentic patient perspectives into the SoHS curriculum and to support students in their efforts to be advocates and ambassadors of patient safety and quality health care.

The role of the patient partners will be to:
• Advise and support the integration of patient partner opportunities
• Review and advise on content for BCIT Patient Partners website
• Review and advise on the current processes such as orientation of patient partners
• Provide feedback on current student interprofessional curriculum (workshops and simulation scenarios)
• Provide an opportunity for SoHS faculty and staff to learn patient partner’s perspectives on health science education
• Provide insights and perspectives on the existing patient partner engagement process along with co-creating additional ideas to support patient partner engagement at BCIT

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.

Open to patient partners across the province who:
• Have familiarity with the health care system as a patient, family member or caregiver
• Have an interest in health care student education
• Have previous experience interacting with student health care professionals in the health care clinical setting or participated in health care student workshops in an academic setting
• Are comfortable attending online meetings via Zoom

As connection and relationship building is important to BCIT, we would like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of the selection process.

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 Cassy Mitchell.

• Number of vacancies: 3-4
• Date and Time: Orientation meeting – 2 hours beginning of February. Then monthly meetings, 90 minutes in duration starting mid February 2023. Reviewing documents outside of meeting times may be required and patient partners will be invited to attend (when applicable) additional IPE committee meetings
• Location: Online participation via Zoom
• Commitment: Up to 6 months

If you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Cassy Mitchell to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Recognition for time will be provided according to BCIT’s organizational policies.

At BCIT, the School of Health Sciences has over 30 different health science programs. Students from programs such as nursing, medical laboratory, nuclear medicine, sonography, medical radiography, prosthetics and orthotics and many others are provided with opportunities to learn with, from and about each other together in workshops scaffolded throughout their curriculum to learn more about interprofessional collaboration competencies and their impact on patient outcomes.

The IPE Advisory Committee provides an opportunity for students, faculty/instructors, and external health care partners to communicate input and take part in decision making on matters related to the SOHS IPE program. The IPE Advisory supports students, faculty, staff, and health care partners’ success in achieving BCIT’s mandate to pursue collaboration and learning that bridges disciplines, connects technical and soft skills, and links theory with practice and education (BCIT Strategic Plan 2019-2023 – and SOHS IPE vision.

Health care education programs in post secondary institutions require program accreditation by outside organizations to ensure quality education and qualified graduates and programs are working toward increasing patient perspectives. This advisory committee of patient partners will provide consultation, feedback, and perspectives on the direction of current and additional patient curriculum.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement 250.279.0717

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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.