Since IPFCC was established in 1992, it has promoted and supported the role of patients and family members in the education of health care professionals, students, and trainees. Hearing directly from patients and family members about their experiences of care and the health care system is powerful. These stories inspire and guide change and improvement and lead to better quality, safety, equity, and experiences of care. A key strategy to achieve transformation is to involve patient and families as educators and faculty in medical schools and schools of other health professions. There are a variety of ways they can collaborate, including:

  • Present and facilitate didactic or case-based lectures (e.g., grand rounds)
  • Participate on panels and in skills training workshops
  • Lead experiential learning opportunities as a mentor (e.g., home visiting program)
  • Participate in simulations
  • Co-design courses, resources, curriculum
  • Co-evaluate students’ competencies, knowledge, and skills
  • Serve on admissions panels for potential students

IPFCC is leading a project, Engaging the Expertise of Patients and Families in the Education of a New Generation of Providers, funded by the New York State Health Foundation. In February 2022, a comprehensive online training resource will be disseminated. It will be useful to those who are thinking about creating or expanding a patient and family faculty program at their organization.

cover of Prevalence and Functioning of Patients and Families as Educators

Prevalence and functioning of patients and families as educators in hospitals and academic medical centers: A national study

In 2020, Vizient and IPFCC conducted a survey of 67 health care organizations exploring the prevalence and functioning of patients and families as educators in hospitals and academic medical centers. This report shares results of the survey and highlights best practices and opportunities for improvement. Work was supported in part by the New York State Health Foundation. Read the report.