UHNM is a teaching hospital and may ask if medical students can observe your consultation. Your treatment will not be affected in any way if you decline.
We very much appreciate the co-operation of patients in helping us to train the doctors of the future. If this is something that you would like to be involved with further, you may be able to become a Patient Volunteer.
What is a Patient Volunteer?
Since 2005, over 450 patients with persisting physical signs of long-term conditions have helped medical students learn how to examine patients.
A large number of patients have helped the medical school test students in annual examinations. In the last academic year alone over 80 patients helped with exams for medical students.
Students greatly appreciate the input of real patients as they feel it gives them valuable patient insight and helps them develop important clinical skills that will be essential to them when they are qualified doctors.
We have also found that patients gain a lot from helping students in their journey to become future doctors and find the experience really interesting and enjoyable. The majority of those patients who help with either teaching or exams return to help out on multiple occasions. Even so, we are always looking to expand our pool of Patient Volunteers. We can use patients with almost any condition, but at the moment we are especially looking for those with:
- Respiratory conditions; e.g. COPD, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis
- Heart and circulation conditions; e.g. valve replacements, heart murmurs, peripheral vascular disease
- Muscle and Joint conditions; e.g. arthritis, knee and back problems
- Neurological conditions; e.g. Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, numbness and tingling
- Abdominal conditions; e.g. patients with stomas or hernias, kidney transplants/dialysis
We only ask for help very infrequently and when we do we provide transportation as well as refreshments on the day.
If you are interested in contributing please get in touch with the Volunteer Patient Team, which is based at the Clinical Education Centre on the Royal Stoke University Hospital site on telephone: 01782 679718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team would be delighted to hear from you and can answer any questions you may have.
For additional information on other ways you can get involved with the Medical School, please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/publicandpatientinvolvement/