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UBC “Health Mentors” Program


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UBC “Health Mentors” Program partners with Kerrisdale Community Centre

The Interprofessional ‘Health Mentors’ (HM) program is a unique educational experience in which teams of students from different disciplines learn together from and with a mentor. Health mentors can be adult patients/clients with a chronic condition / disability or caregivers who provide long-term care to a loved one with a chronic condition / disability. Mentors are ‘experts’ in their life and will help students to learn how health care providers can support people with chronic conditions / their caregivers.

Over the course of the program (16 months) the student teams (4 students per team) will visit their mentor twice a semester, each visit focusing on specific topics.

Why would someone want to be a Health Mentor?

Health Mentors have an opportunity to play an important role in the education of future health professionals because they will work with a group of students in the early formative stages of their education and development as professionals. This important educational contribution by mentors will be formally recognized through certificates of participation and a concluding reception. Mentors will have their travel expenses for the orientation and symposium events reimbursed.

This is a new program; mentors will have an opportunity to shape how it develops in the future. Mentors will be invited to give feedback through evaluation questionnaires and interviews or focus groups. A small honorarium to cover expenses will be provided for this additional time commitment.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 program.

Application form can be downloaded from here:


If you are interested in becoming a health mentor, please complete an application form and return to:

Mailing address
Cathy Kline, UBC Health Mentors Program Coordinator
Division of Health Care Communication
400-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

Fax: 604-822-2495