The UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program (HMP) is a unique educational experience in which groups of students from different disciplines learn together from and with mentors. Health mentors can be adult patients/clients with chronic conditions/disabilities or caregivers who provide long-term care to loved ones. Mentors are "experts" in their lives and help students learn how health care providers can give support.
Over 16 months, the student groups visit their mentors twice a semester, focusing on specific topics.
Who are the mentors?
Who are the students?
Mentors' chronic conditions/ disabilities might include:
Health mentors have a wide range of experience with the health care system and different health professionals.
Mentors are recruited through local community and patient organizations.
Participants from interdisciplinary UBC health and human services programs:
Each group is a mix of four different students from the above programs. Students are co-supervised by the HM Program director and faculty members from the students' UBC programs.
Students do not provide treatment or give health advice.
Application deadline for students: September.
Potential Health Mentors
Application deadline for mentors: August.
2016-18 UBC Health, Office of the Provost & VP Academic
2014-15 Cedar Lodge Endowment, UBC School of Occupational Therapy, Margaret McPhee, Bill Gibson
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Kerrisdale Community Centre, which has provided the Health Mentors Program with meeting and event space in kind. Click here to read about Kerrisdale Community Centre Society's community engagement activities.
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