Memorial University has responded to one of the requests contained in the White Paper issued last summer by the provincial government by forming a Committee on Collaborative Health Professional Education and Research. President Axel Meisen said the committee is seeking optimal ways and means of promoting what is known as inter-professional education and research.
Part of the work of the committee includes a lecture series – the President’s Lecture Series on Collaborative Health and Research – aimed at informing the campus community and the general public about the growing awareness of the benefits of inter-professional education and research. These lectures – taking place in March – will focus on the relation of such collaborations to the provision of optimally effective primary health care services to the increasingly elderly and widely dispersed people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The next lecture in this series will be given by Dr. John Gilbert, principal of the College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia. Dr. Gilbert’s lecture is titled Overcoming the Challenges to Health Professional Education and Research today – March 29, 2006 – at 5 p.m. in the Main Auditorium, Health Sciences Centre.
Biographical Notes – Dr. John Gilbert
Dr. John Gilbert received his undergraduate education at the University of London and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1963 for graduate studies at Purdue University. He received his PhD in Speech Science (Experimental Phonetics) in 1966 and joined the Department of Paediatrics at UBC that same year. He founded the Division of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1969, which became a School in 1982, and of which he was Director until 1988. In the past five years he has published five papers on aspects of interprofessional education (IPE). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Interprofessional Care and is one of the founding members of the International Association for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, which will hold its inaugural meeting in London, April 2006. As Principal of the College of Health Disciplines he is deeply involved in advancing interprofessional education across UBC’s 15 health and human service academic programs. During the past two years he has given more than 20 invited presentations in Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia and Japan. He was named one of the Outstanding Alumni in the School of Liberal Arts by Purdue University in 1993; in 1995, he received a UBC Faculty of Medicine Killam Outstanding Teaching Award. He received a 50th Jubilee Medal from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC in 2000 for his exceptional and outstanding contribution to the Faculty. In 2003, Dr. Gilbert was given the Distinguished Service Award by the British Columbia Institute of Technology.