Tag Archive for ‘physician-patient communication’
Examines how surgeons can counsel patients on trainee participation in their care and discusses the “graded responsibility” model for surgical training.
Ellen Thomason, MD, MPH, FACS, a vascular surgeon in Seattle, WA, describes her experience as a patient and how it changed her outlook as a surgeon.
Closer inspection reveals that medical and surgical practice and education within the U.S. are similar fields. Both involve a special relationship between an educator (physician/teacher) and a learner (patient/student). Importantly, both continue to face challenges regarding cost-effectiveness and performance evaluation. The crux of the issue lies in the idea that the learner has the ability to provide critical feedback that may enhance educator performance. This suggests that the learner and educator can switch roles—an idea not often acknowledged in either field. This article addresses how patient feedback should be incorporated into the delivery of quality health care and how education reform is helping to set a preliminary example for medicine to follow.