Patient and Family Engaged Medical Education
About Patient and Family Engaged Medical Education
Stanford is developing a new role for patients, families, and caregivers, in the curriculum development and implementation processes.
The goal of Patient and Family Engaged Medical Education is to include the patient, family, and caregiver perspectives at the exploration, development, and implementation stages of curriculum design, moving the role of patients, families, and caregivers from that of “end user” to that of designer of the hearts and minds of future clinicians.
Our initial feedback from students and patient and family partners is that we are making headway in our early efforts, and we continue to explore ways to build on this success and solidify the role of patient and family partners within the school.
"On June 4, 2018, the Walk With Me course ended its first year with an emotional, thoughtful celebration of both what the class meant and what it could be. The Walk With Me course, subtitled “A Patient-Centered Exploration of Health and the Health Care System,” is part of an initiative within the SHIELD program (Stanford Healthcare Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive), meant to provide novel solutions to questions about patient care."
Photo credit: Department of Medicine Annual Report
"Motivated to integrate the science and art of medicine, incoming medical students at most institutions arrive on campus anticipating opportunities to engage with real patients and their families — at some point in the future. Medical students at Stanford, on the other hand, have an unusual opportunity to interact with patients in their very first month, even as they pursue the critical study of the basic sciences in their first two years."
"When I started medical school at Stanford, I figured I’d be learning from acclaimed professors, accomplished classmates, and world-renowned physicians. I never imagined, though, that a local patient advocate twice my age would so powerfully shape my medical education. I wasn’t her provider; rather, she opened up her life to me so that I could learn from her journey."