Involving patients in medical education

A group of residents identified the following list of ideas for how patients might be recruited into helping with medical education:
Collect a pool of interesting, willing and practiced patients who would be willing to spend some extra time with students (ask people who might be bored, lonely, house bound)
Build rapport prior to request for assistance
Educate patients about working with students
Provide an explanation of expectations to patients
Emphasis how important the patient’s contribution to medical education is and how they impact the quality of future physicians
Post or hand out flyers to recruit patients
Ensure privacy and confidentiality
Be clear about the experience level of the learner
Respect cultural, religious and social values and beliefs of the patients
Ask permission (nurse, front desk might take this role)

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