Greetings. We write to you today to inform you of an exciting new educational experience for our first year medical students.
Starting this fall, 50 members of the first year class will be partnered with a panel of patients who utilize the UNC health care system. These students will accompany their patient mentors to all of their health care visits. Students will be tasked with observing specific interview and physical examination skills while simultaneously learning from the patients' experience in our health care system.
Students will meet their patient mentors at the time of check in and will experience the entire health care encounter with them – from waiting room to parking lot. Should you have a patient who is mentoring a student, all you have to do is conduct your visit as you normally would. The student will accomplish their educational objectives simply from observing you. If you have time to point things out to them, that is certainly encouraged, but is by no means necessary. This educational exercise is designed to have little, if any, impact on your delivery of care.
We hope you will find this educational opportunity as exciting as we do. Our students will learn so much from our patients and from your care of them.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your participation in the education of our students.
Thomas Koonce and Erin Malloy
Directors, Clinical Skills Development Course