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Patient Partner, Vancouver Community College Patient Experience Day

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

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Providing the most up to date technological advancements, as well as being a great communicator, is important to creating a well-rounded health care provider. In their quest to create great health care providers who see the patient at the centre of their care, Vancouver Community College is looking to partner with patients to conduct basic health assessments that assist their students to improve their bedside manner.

Open to: Patient partners in the Lower Mainland

Lead Organization or Department

Vancouver Community College


• To provide health care students with a hands-on activity which improves their communication skills with patients • Patient partners would be there to mentor and provide feedback to students as they walk through pre-determined assessments

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of empower (at a local community or program level) on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will implement what you decide.


• Residents of Lower Mainland communities Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session and have signed the volunteer agreement. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Jami directly to see if accommodations may be possible


Number of vacancies:  3 • Date and Time: March 8/17 from 900am - 2:30pm • Location: Vancouver Community College 1155 E Broadway Vancouver BC • Commitment: One-time, all day event


Parking costs


This opportunity provides patients with the ability to participate in a critical thinking class with some mock scenarios focusing on maternity cases, pediatric cases and mental health. Students would be expected to use their communication and assessments skills to assess patient care needs.  It is hoped that patient partners can provide real-time feedback to these budding health care partners in their quest to become more patient-centred.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley


From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.