JointHealth™ express   June 13, 2007

Patient Partners in Arthritis is a group of people living with arthritis who provide demonstrations of a "hands-on" full musculoskeletal examination focusing on arthritis findings to medical students and other health care providers, such as:
  • Medical Students and Residents at Vancouver General and St. Paul's Hospitals
  • University of British Columbia Physiotherapy Students
  • University of British Columbia Occupational Therapy Students
  • Nursing Programs
  • Family Doctors
  • UBC Pharmacy Program
Time commitment:
Patient Partners in Arthritis meet monthly (usually the first Monday of the month) at 5:00pm, and conduct one to three demonstrations a month.

To qualify as a Patient Partner in Arthritis requires approximately 50 hours of learning about the body's anatomy over a period of a few months. (Training and meeting schedule will be made available upon successful application.)

Patient Partners in Arthritis candidates should have a keen interest in helping to train tomorrow's health care providers to better care for people with arthritis in their local area. Ideally, they should live in the areas of West Vancouver, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam or Port Coquitlam. Candidates require their own transportation, access to email and have physical bone or soft tissue changes due to a form of arthritis that has been diagnosed by a physician.

To find out more:
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Patient Partner in Arthritis, please contact Otto Kamensek (Patient Partner in Arthritis and Regional Co-coordinator for BC) at or telephone 604.444.3300.