Project Summary

This project will design training to increase skills and build capacity of medical students to engage with patients during their future careers as physicians and clinician researchers. We will employ the principles of patient engagement and community-based participatory research in the curriculum development process. Patients and medical students will be actively involved in curriculum creation, implementation, and evaluation. Patients will contribute as content experts, and will co-facilitate training and provide real-time feedback to participating medical students. The curriculum will be piloted at Tulane University’s Medical School, with the goal of scaling to a national audience. Integrating patient engagement training in medical school curriculum across the country will train future leaders in the field and potentially shift physician’s attitudes and approaches to patient engagement in clinical care and research.

The projected output from this project is the development and implementation of a training and curriculum to provide foundational knowledge of PCOR and increase the skills and capacity of medical students to engage with patients during their careers as physicians and clinician researchers. The final product of this initiative will be a standalone curriculum and implementation guide that medical schools can customize and integrate into their course work.

Project collaborators include a Training Advisory Group that co-develops, prioritizes, and refines all content of the curriculum, composed of patients, medical students, and patient-centered outcomes research leaders and medical educators. Patient consultants work directly with LPHI staff on the development, implementation, and facilitation of trainings. Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans serves as the pilot site for the first series of trainings and will be embedding the final training within their first-year curriculum for the 2016-2017 incoming class of medical students. 

This project was originally titled Patient Engagement in PCOR: a MedEd Training.

Project Information

Rebekah Angove, PhD
Louisiana Public Health Institute

Key Dates

27 months


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Last updated: February 13, 2024