Participation in the Patient as Teacher program can have positive, powerful, and lasting impacts on both undergraduate medical students and patients as teachers.


Benefits for Patients as Teachers:

  • engage in self-reflection and personal learning through sharing stories and past experiences with students1
  • social and therapeutic benefits such as gaining a sense of community amongst fellow patients as teachers, a deeper understanding of the doctor-patient relationship, and increased empowerment1, 2, 3
  • build communication skills through expressing thoughts, feelings, and experiences
  • contribute to the future of medical education and make a lasting difference in the delivery of humanistic and compassionate patient-centred care1, 3


Selected References and Further Reading
  1. Luckner H, Daucet S, Wells S. 2012. Patients as educators: the challenges and benefits of sharing experiences with students. Medical Education, 46: 992-1000.
  2. Jha V, Quinton ND, Bekker HL, et al. 2009. Strategies and interventions for the involvement of real patients in medical education; a systematic review. Medical Education, 43: 10-20.
  3. Towle A, Bainbridge L, Godolphin W, et al. 2010. Active patient involvement in the education of health professionals. Medical Education, 44: 64-74.