Patients as Teachers Project
Understanding the global effect of an illness is an important concept to teach future physicians.
The Patients as Teachers project at Penn State College of Medicine is a nine-month program that provides beginning medical students with the opportunity to learn about health and illness from the patient perspective.
By understanding how individuals view their interactions with doctors, students can recognize and develop positive professional communication skills.
Be a Patient-Teacher
Patients of all ages are invited to participate in the Patients as Teachers project, helping medical students learn about the experience of illness.
The program is now recruiting new patient-teachers to join the program.
Here's what those who participate can expect:
- Each patient-teacher is matched with a pair of first-year medical students who will visit with their patient-teacher a minimum of four times during the nine-month program. Meetings may take place at the patient-teacher's home or doctor’s office at a mutually convenient time.
- The students will talk with the patient-teacher about their experience as a patient outside the hospital or physician’s office.
- Students may access the patient-teacher's electronic medical record, but they are not permitted to give medical advice or care.
- Participation is completely voluntary. Any potential patient-teacher may decline to participate after receiving more information on the program, or may discontinue visits at any time.
- A doctor’s referral is not needed to participate.