Submission ID 77861

Code P21
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Category Medical Education
Type Poster
Will the presenter be a: Student
Title Bringing Patients and Society Back Into the Social Accountability of A Medical School
Background/Purpose 'Bringing Patients and Society back into the Social Accountability of a Medical School' is a research project that aims to co-create evidence-based guiding principles, models and processes for the authentic, ongoing and sustainable engagement of patients and the public in the mission, goals, curriculum and delivery of medical education.
Methods We conducted eight 90-minute focus groups with patient /public participants between April and May 2022 over Zoom. Recordings of the focus groups were transcribed. Data were analysed and summarized into a report by two medical students and members of the research team.
Results Of the 38 people attending the focus groups, 14 were individual patients and 24 were representatives of provincial or local organizations. 28 had been involved with the medical school or health professional education. Perspectives included: Indigenous, LGBTQ+, disabilities, mental health / substance use, complex health conditions and rural / remote. The most important guiding principles for engagement with the medical school were accountability (closing the loop), inclusion and reciprocity. Participants were interested in playing a variety of roles in medical education starting with, but not limited to, sharing their lived experiences with students. Participants provided many practical suggestions for supporting patient / public involvement, especially related to increasing diversity. Successful engagement was characterized as making a meaningful contribution, inclusivity, and feeling valued and respected.
Discussion Recommendations from this study are intended to help UBC and other Canadian medical schools to engage directly with members of the public and patients to fulfil their mandate for social accountability.
Keyword 1 social accountability
Keyword 2 patient and public engagement
Keyword 3 diversity and inclusion
Abstract content most relevant to: (check all that apply) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (faculty development, CME)
Residency Education
Undergraduate Medical Education
Abstract Track - First Choice Social Accountability
Authors Angela Towle
Kenneth Ong
Lucy Wang
Cathy Kline
Kenneth Ong

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