Haopu (Lily) Ren

The perspective of interdisciplinary health professionals in the implementation of technology in dementia care delivery under hospital setting
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

After graduation from Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Seniors Care, I was very fortunate to join the Innovation in Dementia and Aging (IDEA) Lab founded and being led by Dr. Lillian Hung. Through the telepresence robot project at the Lab, I have accumulated first-hand experience to gain trust from frontline staff members and to motivate them to contribute throughout the research process. I found that I am passionate about using the participatory approach to work with interdisciplinary care staff to address challenges faced by them in their practice in care delivery to older adults in hospitals. Encouraged by Dr. Hung, I decided to pursue my PhD study as I could investigate research topics that interest me at a more advanced level.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC has been ranked one of the best universities in the world. Further, as a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC) from Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Seniors Care, continuing my study at UBC at the doctoral level is the natural next step for me.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The program of PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies has a reputation as a world-leading program. Due to the interdisciplinarity in my proposed research topics, the unique program gives me the opportunity to draw upon expertise from my wonderful co-supervisors Dr. Lillian Hung and Dr. Ben Mortenson, and address my research questions beyond the disciplinary boundaries. Moreover, my research interest aligns well with those of Dr. Lillian Hung and Dr. Ben Mortenson, who are internationally recognized professors in ageing technology research.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

It is an extremely supportive environment. I enjoy my growth at UBC everyday.

It is an extremely supportive environment. I enjoy my growth at UBC everyday.
What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I have very supportive and knowledgeable professors, as well as wonderful classmates.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

There could be challenges in engaging frontline staff in hospital settings as maybe they face challenges in completion of care tasks while supporting my research.

How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?

Drawing specialties, knowledge and support from my co-supervisors, I could adopt different strategies to make meaningful engagement with staff in my study and achieve my research goals and objectives.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

My experiences at the Innovation in Dementia and Aging (IDEA) Lab best prepared me for my PhD study. Supervised, trained and guided by Dr. Lillian Hung, I have been involved in exploring the impact of various types of technology on the older adults with dementia implemented by interdisciplinary staff members at hospital settings.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

Swimming at UBC Aquatics Centre, jogging (especially Stanley Park), playing some music and doing art works. I may skate a bit in the winter as well. =)

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Always be open-minded, and do not miss any opportunity to learn.


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