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Education Grand Rounds: Exploring Conflicting Narratives about Patient Involvement in Health Professions Education

"The best teaching is that taught by the patient himself” 

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Office for Faculty Development Education Grand Rounds

Paula Rowland, PhD Education Scientist Wilson Centre - University of Toronto

More than 100 years ago, William Osler inspired educators to consider health professions (HPE) education as intricately reliant on patients. Since that time, patient involvement in HPE has taken on many different meanings. The result is a disparate body of literature offering sometimes conflicting advice about how to conceptualize, design, implement, and evaluate patient engagement programs within the domains of education. In this presentation, Dr. Paula Rowland will explore the broad literature on patient involvement in HPE, highlighting the practical, conceptual, and ethical differences implied across different researcher and practitioner communities engaged in this work. In the process, important questions arise about the future of HPE and the roles that patients, publics, and society at large may (or should) play in shaping the next generations of health care professionals.

Learning Objectives

1. To identify three different research and practice traditions associated with patient and public involvement in HPE

2. To describe how these historical perspectives potentially connect to current educational imperatives

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Open to All Faculty, Staff and Students. Light lunch provided


The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians CERTIFICATION the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

School of Medicine and Dentistry, Class of '62 Auditorium | G.9425
415 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14642

Event Type

Medicine and Healthcare, Continuing Education, Grand Rounds


Faculty, Students, Staff, Health Care Professionals


Office for Faculty Development
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Continuing Education Credits

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM

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