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Member, Island Health Medical Education Resource Committee



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Vancouver Island Region


Volunteer Opportunity
Island Health has redesigned their Medical Staff Education Committee to better address the overall educational needs of providers working within the Health Authority. Join us on this committee, as we identify and prioritize the learning needs for clinicians, including rural, Indigenous Health, cultural and regional-specific learning opportunities and requirements.


Lead Organization/Department
Medical and Academic Affairs, Island Health

To ensure medical staff at Island Health are equipped with current and evidence-based best practice for training and continued professional development in order to provide the best care possible to our patients.
Public representation through a patient partner will help define and focus what those needs are and where to prioritize our efforts from the patient perspective.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

• Open to patient partners from across the Island Health region
• Experience with accessing health care system, as patient or caregiver.
• Understanding of the Island Health region and its communities.
• Interest in adult continuing education and learning modalities
• Experience with human resources is an asset
• Please note:

    • This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health
    • The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
    • Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.

• Number of vacancies: 1
• Date/Time: 4 -5 meetings per year, likely 60 – 90 minutes
– Planning first meeting for June 2020
– The committee will be working around the availability of members, with many of them being active clinicians. This may mean early mornings or early evenings depending on availability.
• Location: Virtually via Zoom
– Future meetings may be held in Victoria but remote access is possible
• Commitment: One year with the possibility of renewal upon the mutual interest and availability of the patient partner and health care partner.

No out of pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Ashley Clark to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

This is a newly created committee, serving in an advisory role to the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC). This committee will make recommendations and report to HAMAC on educational priorities, including identification of learning gaps, planning and promotion of opportunities and onboarding of medical staff. As part of our Medical Affairs Department, the committee will support our medical staff with educational needs and implementation of new learning requirements. Note: Medical Staff refers to physicians, dentists, midwives and nurse practitioners who have been appointed and hold a permit to practice in facilities/programs operated by Island Health.

We plan to have representatives from Medical Leadership, Staff Engagement, UBC, and Rural/Remote sites. Our terms of reference are still being finalized and can be shared with interested applicants. We are looking for a long term partner to be part of our team.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Ovey Yeung

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!