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Speaker, Camosun College Medical Radiography Program

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Commitment: Short-term

Connection methods: Virtual, In-person

Open to Vancouver Island Region, Victoria area

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Volunteer Opportunity
Would you like to impact the future of patient care in medical imaging? The Camosun College Medical Radiography Diploma Program is seeking patient partner speakers to share their stories and experiences in the health care system and their visits to the medical imaging department.


Lead Organization/Department
Camosun College, Allied Health

The Camosun College Medical Radiography Diploma Program is seeking patient partner speakers to share their stories and experiences in the health care system and to present the educational topic of “patient and family-centered care in the medical imaging department”. Patient partners will each speak for 30-45 minutes to students with a prepared presentation. Students will learn about the importance of considering the patient voice as an important source of evidence when formulating recommendations to improve health service delivery and patient care.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of inform on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that you will be provided with balanced and objective information to assist in understanding alternatives and solutions.

• Open to patient partners from: Victoria area
• Willing and comfortable to share their health care journey and experiences as a patient, family member or caregiver with medical imaging (e.g., X-ray, CT scan, etc).
• Experience and/or comfort with public speaking and/or giving presentations to groups of 16 or more people who are novices on a topic.
• Please note:
– This opportunity, as with all Island Health patient engagement opportunities, is not open to Island Health staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health. If you have questions regarding this, please email
– As connection and relationship building is important, we may like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process in an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at a health care site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time:
– Thursday January 26, 2023, or
– Thursday February 2, 2023, between 1:30-3:30 pm
• Location:
– In-person is preferred, at Camosun College, Interurban Campus for the presentation; virtually by phone, Zoom, or in-person for organizing the presentation in advance with the health care partner.
– Should there be any concerns about being able to present in-person, the session could be adjusted to be offered virtually via Zoom.
• Commitment:
– A one-time presentation of 30-45 minutes.
– Additional time in advance to prepare and organize the presentation.
– There is also potential for a future opportunity, should the patient partner be interested, in being part of student project proposals related to improving patient care.

A parking pass can be provided by the health care partner in advance if requested for the in-person presentation. Transportation to Interurban campus and associated transportation costs are the responsibility of the patient partner. No other 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 Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Camosun College offers a two-year Medical Radiography Diploma in partnership with Island Health. Students who enroll complete alternating academic and clinical terms on campus in Victoria and at clinical placement sites across Vancouver Island. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to write the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists’ (CAMRT) national certification examination for Radiological Technology, and practice in medical imaging departments in our community. The curriculum offered at Camosun College is aligned to a National Competency Profile for Entry-Level Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) in Canada.

The topic of patient and family-centered care is taught throughout the entire program. In the first year of the program, students learn about their role as direct care providers and the importance of effective communication with patients.

As they progress through the levels, students provide care to patients during their clinical practicum terms, which includes performing x-ray and CT procedures and interacting with patients under the supervision of qualified technologists working at Island Health. By term 5 (the final academic term), the students learn about quality improvement and their role in patient advocacy. This is a unique opportunity for students to listen to the experiences of patient partners and reflect on their future roles as health care providers. The size of the group that the patient partners will be presenting to is around 17 students. Should there be any concerns about being able to present in-person, the session could be adjusted to be offered virtually via Zoom.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island 778.700.2064

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.