BC Academic Health Council

BC Academic Health Council

November 05, 2007 09:30 ET

BC Academic Health Council: Conference Focuses on Future Health Providers

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2007) - BC Academic Health Council -

"Practice Makes Perfect", the first international conference to focus on improving and promoting practice-based and experiential learning innovations for future health providers kicked off today in British Columbia.

"Students who choose to become healthcare providers spend almost half of their training outside of the classroom," said Dr. George Eisler, Conference Organizer and CEO of the BC Academic Health Council. "This is a key part of their professional development and ensures they are comfortable, competent and skilled when they begin practicing in their chosen field."

"Practice Makes Perfect" brings together more than 500 of the world's leading experts in the field of practice education, for three full days of discussion and dialogue on the innovative programs and technologies currently used to train health students outside of the traditional classroom setting.

British Columbia will feature several programs funded by the provincial government's Practice Education Innovation Fund, including:

- Simulation Laboratories - including a demonstration of METI's human patient simulator that allows students to practice medical procedures on a lifelike manikin

- Preceptor Development - ensuring supervisors and mentors have the support they need to provide the best training possible to future health providers

- Rural Health - a year-long consultation across BC, to determine how to strengthen and enhance rural student placements

- Aboriginal Health - working with First Nations leaders to provide students with opportunities to live and work in Aboriginal communities

- DVD - showcasing a team of health students living and working together in a rural BC community

"Ensuring patients receive the best care possible is the most important goal for all health providers," said Dr. Grant Charles, Conference Co-Chair and UBC Professor. "This is a unique opportunity for British Columbia to showcase the work we've done to become leaders in the education and training of health professionals, and gives us a chance to learn from the best-practices of experts from around the world."

BC has achieved leadership status in management and capacity building for experiential learning in health sciences, in part through the six million dollar Practice Education Innovation Fund established by the Ministries of Advanced Education and Health and administered through the BC Academic Health Council. In addition to the BC Academic Health Council as Title Sponsor, the conference is supported by sponsorship from IBM, METI, Scotia Bank, and UBC's College of Health Disciplines. Health Canada is supporting a stream of focused events on preparing healthcare providers for more collaborative practice.

Practice Makes Perfect runs from November 5 - 7th at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver.

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