John H.V. Gilbert

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. (Purdue University)


John was founding Director of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1969, served as Director of the former School of Rehabilitation Sciences in the ‘80s, and is founding Principal and Professor Emeritus of the College of Health Disciplines at UBC. Since 2000, John has served on, and continues to serve on, a number of boards, both locally and nationally. He was the first Chair of the Board of the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. He has served on the Board of the Victorian Order of Nurses (Ottawa). He is a continuing member of the Board of the Michener Institute (Toronto) and the B.C. Health Education Foundation. He also continues to serve on the Board of the International Association for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, and as Faculty Advisor to the National Health Sciences Student’s Association. He is a Senior Scholar at the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research at Dalhousie University. He serves on the Advisory Council, School of Health Sciences at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, is expert advisor to the Federal, Provincial, Territory Coordinating Committee on Entry into Practice Credentialing, and is a member of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Health Education Task Force. In 2008, he was appointed by British Columbia’s Minister of Health to the Patient Care Quality Review Board (Vancouver Coastal, Fraser, Provincial Health Authority).

During his graduate career at Purdue University John was a UK-USA Fulbright Scholar, and a David Ross Research Fellow. At UBC he was a Medical Research Council post-doctoral Scholar in the early ‘70s. n 1988, he was awarded the Honours of the B.C. Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the Medal for Outstanding Professional Achievement by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. 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 he was recognized by the Distinguished Service Award by the British Columbia Institute of Technology for outstanding service to B.C.’s health community. He was a Senior Fellow at Green College, at UBC from 1991-1995. He was invited to give the Keynote Address at the Annual Faculty Convocation, Medical University of South Carolina in 2007. He was Visiting Virtual Scholar at Humber College Toronto during the 2008-09 academic year.  He was elected a Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, in 2008. In 2010 he received the National Health Sciences Students Interprofessional Education Mentorship Award. From 2010 this award will be named after John in recognition of his outstanding contributions to interprofessional student education.

It was John’s vision and leadership that led to the concept of interprofessional education being developed as a central tenet of team-based collaborative patient-centred practice and care. These concepts are now part of university, college, and institute health sciences training across Canada.

Publications since 2008

2008       Gilbert, J.H.V. (2008) Abraham Flexner & The Roots of Interprofessional Education. J. Cont Ed in the Health Professions. 28(S1): S11-S14.

Rodger, Sylvia; Webb, Gillian; Devitt, Lorraine; Gilbert, John; Wrightson, Pat; McMeeken, Joan. (2008). Clinical Education and Practice Placements in the Allied Health Professions: An International Perspective. Journal of Allied Health, Volume 37, Number 1, Spring, pp. 53-62(10)

Gilbert, J.H.V. (2008). Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice:  A Canadian Perspective Canadian J. Diabetes March 27. (Invited Editorial)

Hoffman, S J., Rosenfield, D., Gilbert, J.H.V., and I. F. Oandasan, (2008). Student Leadership in Interprofessional Education: Benefits, Challenges and Implications for Educators, Researchers and Policymakers. Medical Education, 42, 7, 654-661.

2009         Tzountzouris, J and J.H.V.Gilbert (2009). The Role of Educational Institutions in  Identifying and Responding to Emerging Health Human Resource Needs Invited Essay. HealthcarePapers Vol. 9 No. 2.

Barr, H., Gilbert, J.H.V. and M.H. Schmitt. (2009). Interprofessional Education and Practice in Health Care: International Perspectives. In Royeen, C.B., Jensen, G.M. and R.A.Harvan. Leadership in Interprofessional Health Education and Practice.  Jones and Bartlett: Boston, 2009, xix-xxxi

Gilbert, J.H.V., and J. Yan (Eds.) (2009) Framework  for Action on  Interprofessional  Education & Collaborative Practice. World Health Organization: Report of the Study Group on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice.

Gilbert, J.H.V. Guest Editorial: The Importance of Breakthroughs. Michener Magazine Winter 2010.

Soubhi, H., Rege, N., COLET2, Gilbert, J.H.V., Lebele, P., Thivierges, R.L., CAHudon, T., & . Fortin. (2009) Interprofessional learning in the trenches: Fostering collective capability, Journal of Interprofessional Care, January 2009; 23(1): 52–57 Winner of the Bud Baldwin Prize for best article in JIC 2009.

2010     Blue, A.V., Zoller, J., Stratton, J.D., Elam, C.L., and J.H.V.Gilbert . (2010)

Interprofessional Education in U.S. Medical Schools. J. Interprofessional Care, March, 24(2) 204-206

Charles, G., Bainbridge, L., and J.H.V.Gilbert. (2010). The University of British Columbia (UBC) Model of Interprofessional Education. J. Interprofessional Care January, Vol. 24, No. 1, Pages 9-18

Gilbert, J.H.V. (2010). Foreward to: A Sociology of Interprofessional Health Care Practice: Critical Reflections and Concrete Solutions.

Gilbert, J.H.V. (2010) The Global Emergence of IPE and Collaborative Care. Invited Editorial. Journal of Interprofessional Care, September 2010; 24(5): 473–474.

Gilbert, J.H.V. (2010) The Status of Interprofessional Education in Canada. J. Allied Health. September Special Issue 215-222.

Gilbert, J.H.V., Yan, J., Hoffman S. (2010) A WHO Report: Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. J. Allied Health September Special Issue 195-196.

Hoffman, S., Hammick, M. Burton, A, and J.H.V.Gilbert (Submitted to Lancet) Interprofessional Collaboration for Global Health

Presentations since 2008


Health Human Resource Population Ratio or Population Need –Shortage or Reality? Primary Care Nursing Study, Calgary, April 16 2008

**Assessing the Evidence for Interprofessional Education 6th APA-PHS Conference 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. October 11, 2008

**Interprofessional Primary Care(IPPC) Teams Observations on Realism Accelerating Primary Health Care Edmonton. Feb 13 2008

**InterprofessionalEducation: A Tale of Two Centuries Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Feb 20 2008

**Collaborative Education: What does it Mean for Unregulated Care Provider Education? Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators Calgary, May 2, 2008

**NewFrontiers: Collaborative Practice. Calgary Health Region PCN Retreat. April 21 2008

Interprofessional Education For Collaborative Patient Centred Practice: A Canadian Perspective Presentation to Chilean Delegation to Health Canada, August 18 2008

*CIHC: Here Now – Where Next? Building an Interprofessional Interface Between Health, Education and the Professions 2005-08 CIHC East Regional Meeting, January 28, 2008

**IPE: Competencies & Curricula  Fitting the Puzzle
President’s Address All Together Better Health IV Development & Progress in Interprofessional Education & Practice Stockholm June 3, 2008

**Challenges to Building and Maintaining an Interprofessional Community University of Derby, UK. Feb 19 2008

**Educating the Next/Text Generation of Providers
What will they look like? Interprofessional Care: Advancing Collaboration to Enhance Health Care Delivery. CHA. Toronto, May 5 2008

Interprofessional Learning. International CME Congress Vancouver. May 29 2008

IECPCP Situational Analysis : Presentation of Initial Findings Health Education Task Force. Toronto. May 25 2008.

**Perspectives on IPE: Musings at the Coal Face Humber College, Toronto. September 22, 2008

*IPE in Canada Where are we now? InBC April 4 2008.

**Interprofessional Collaborative Teams: Elements of Relationships QWQHC Summit, Ottawa, March 19 2008.

**Interprofessional Collaborative Teams: Elements of Relationships 1st VCH Interprofessional Practice Day Monday April 7 2008.

Knowledge Transfer, Exchange & Dissemination Lessons from the ICEF IPCISC Retreat, September 19 2008.

**Interprofessional Education (IPE) Confronting the Challenges Dalhousie University, Halifax. January 2008.

**Interprofessional Education: A Tale of Two Centuries Anschutz Medical Campus. University of Colorado, Denver April 10 2008.

**Interprofessional Primary Care (IPPC) Teams Observations on Realism,Tralee Institute of Technology, Tralee, Eire. February 2008

**Cooperation, Coordination, Collaboration CHSRF Teamwork Meeting. Ottawa. November 2, 2008.

**IPE: Competencies & Curricula  Fitting the Puzzle All Together Better Health IV Development & Progress in Interprofessional Education & Practice June 3, 2008

**Sharing the Canadian Perspective – Interdisciplinary Education, Sustainability, Healthcare Management Concepts in Rural Settings HRSA (USA) Bureau of Health Professions. Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages Healthcare Workforce Issues in Rural America Washington, DC by videolink. September 10 – 11, 2008


IPE: Considering the CAIPE Definition Problems with About, From & With. Collaborating Across Borders II May 21 2009.

**Canada and the United States of America Collaborating Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Collaborating Across Borders II, Halifax, Nova Scotia May 20,2009.

**Interprofessional Education, Collaborative Practice and Quality of Care: Why is the continuum difficult to implement? The Commonwealth Medical College Scranton, PA March 20, 2009.

**Interprofessional Education The Canadian Experience to 2009 Virtual Scholar in Residence Address, Humber College, Toronto 2008-09 March 4 2009.

**Perspectives on IPE: Musings at the Canadian Coal Face, Interprofessional Education Mercy Hosptial Scranton Penn. March 20 2009.

**IPE and Collaborative Practice: Framework for Action. Findings of the WHO Study Group (with Dr. Jean Yan). CARICOM, Barbados. March 30, 2009.

**Framework for Action on Interprofessional Edfucation and Collaborative Practice. Report of the WHO Study Group with Dr, Jean Yan. WHO Global Consultation: The contribution of health professiona to primary health care and the global health agenda. Geneva, June 25 2009.

**IECPCP: Where were we, where are we going, how we will get there? Interprofessional Education Faculty Development Workshop Memorial University May 19, 2009.

**”Communication” & “Collaboration”: Just a couple of 13 letter words? Canadian Partnerships for Progress in Health Human Resources. Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Ottawa, October 9, 2009

**Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient Centred Practice: Night Thoughts on Moving the Agenda. Keynote Address. Ryerson University,Toronto, October 27 2009.

**Changing scopes of practice in interprofessional health-care teams: Seeing each other in a new light. CNA Board Meeting, Ottawa November 24 2009.


**The Role of the Health Professional Training Establishment in Facilitating or Impeding HHR innovation. CHSPR Annual Health Policy Conference, Vancouver. March 31, 2010.

**Challenges for the Future of IPE – Who ME? NaHSSA Annual Conference, McMaster University. March 13, 2010.

**IPE – Academic Expectations. University of Minnesota. May 10, 2010.

**Interprofessional Education – Some Thoughts on Moving the Agenda. AACP, Seattle, Wash. July 9 2010.