Alicia Freedy,Claude Moore Bldg, Floor G,Falls Church,VA; Cara L. Coleman,VCU, INOVA Campus,,; Janice L. Hanson,University of Colorado School of Medicine,,; Fatuma Barqadle,Children's Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California,,


Patient and family centered care and competency domains have become cornerstones of 21st century medical education.  Future physicians are challenged to master clinical knowledge, understand systems based practice, become excellent communicators, and weave it all together to successfully navigate an increasingly complex and multi-faceted health care system. To meet this challenge, future clinicians must truly understand those at the heart of it all—patients and families. Collaborating with patients and families throughout all stages of curriculum development provides students with a holistic understanding of patients, teaches principles of partnership and shared decision making, and fosters informed empathy and humanism.

  1. Describe successful patient- and family-professional partnerships in medical education reported in the literature.
  2. Identify opportunities in pre-clinical and clinical education and tools to include patient/family educators at participants’ home institutions
  3. Develop skills for building innovative curriculum in partnership with patients and families
  4. Identify strategies to advance patient- and family-professional partnerships in medical education on national levels   


Methods and Content:
  • This interactive workshop will begin with brief introductions by the facilitators, followed by an icebreaker discussing participants’ goals for this workshop. (15 minutes)   
  • Facilitators will present an overview of patient and family-professional partnerships in medical education described in the literature, followed by a brief panel discussion about experiences at two institutions from the viewpoints of medical educators, families, and current/former students (30 minutes). 
  • Participants will then individually reflect on opportunities and potential avenues for partnership at their home institutions, using the Flow Chart for Moving from Advisor Ideas to Teaching Plans as a framework. (15 minutes)
  • Workshop leaders will facilitate small group discussions and work with individuals to brainstorm and lay groundwork for future curricula. Participants will use a provided worksheet to record their plans.  Workshop leaders will then facilitate a brief report-out of ideas from the small groups. (25 minutes) 
  • The large group will then discuss a Call to Action: How can we collectively advance partnerships with patients and families in medical education?  (30 minutes
  • To close the workshop, facilitators will wrap up and summarize take home points. (5 minutes)