The aims of the Med Ed project are three-fold: 1) to increase understanding of patient engagement and train clinical researchers to operationalize these principles; 2) contribute to PCORI’s goal to build a PCOR community by increasing exposure to the patient-centered research/patient-centered care paradigm. By providing students with resources, tools, and networking opportunities, we will increase the likelihood of their active participation in PCOR throughout their career; and 3) develop a PCOR curriculum that can be disseminated and used in the training of medical students and other early career medical professionals.
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. By integrating patient engagement training in medical school curriculum across the country, PCORI will help begin a needed culture change among new professionals and also potentially shift physicians’ attitudes and approaches to patient engagement in clinical care and research.