Cathy Kline, MA
Research Coordinator, Patient & Community Partnership for Education
Cathy Kline is the Research Coordinator, Patient & Community Partnership for Education, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. She manages research and development initiatives that promote patient and public involvement in health professional education and has helped to build a network of over 150 patient educators and 80 community organizations at UBC. Her work involves collaborations between the university and community to integrate patient expertise and experience into mainstream educational practice. Her research interests are in the outcomes of patient engagement, particularly the impacts on professional identity, health care communication and decision making.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

In 2021, an accessible approach to enhancing patient/family involvement in interprofessional education was piloted at the University of British Columbia. Using an existing capstone interprofessional activity, patient perspectives were incorporated into a workshop on collaborative decision-making to prepare students to work in our province’s emerging team-based primary care networks. The approach was informed by the pioneering work of the Patient and Community Partnership for Education, a unit within UBC Health that brings the expertise of patients, caregivers, and people with lived experience…
People living with chronic health concerns have important life and health care experiences that can enrich interprofessional education (IPE). For 10 years Patient & Community Partnership for Education has coordinated an Interprofessional Health Mentors program (HMP) at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The HMP is an elective educational experience in which teams of students from different disciplines learn from and with a mentor who has a chronic condition or disability, or is a caregiver. The program provides learning relevant to interprofessional competencies with an emphasis…