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SACME Virtual Journal Club October 2018

  • 16 Oct 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
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October 16, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM CT

Meaningful Involvement of Patients, Families and Caregivers in Continuing Professional Development

Presenter:  David Wiljer, PhD
Executive Director, Education Technology Innovation,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry
University of Toronto

Facilitator: Curtis Olson, PhD, FSACME
Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief,
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Session Overview

Patients, families and caregivers involved in meaningful ways in better continuous professional development have the potential to improve care, resulting in the best outcomes. The focus of this discussion will be on understanding the diverse ways patients can be involved, and on exploring some particular considerations that may optimize meaningful involvement. Two key domains will be explored: 1) involving patients as partners and teachers in the continuing professional development of health professionals and in the improvement of quality, evidence-based care; and 2) improving the impact of CPD by activating patients through effective patient education.

This discussion will start from the assumption that patients and families should be involved in the lifelong learning cycle of health care professionals (HCPs).  As in the case study above, taking time to learn together with, for, and from patients and their families can enrich the clinical experience and professional growth. Working from this assumption, the discussion seeks to drive the conversation forward and ask the question, how do we meaningfully involve patients and families in the continuing professional development of health professionals to improve the quality of care that is delivered?


  1. Assess levels of involvement that contribute to meaningful involvement in health professions education
  2. Identify the potential roles of patients and service users and their families in health professional education
  3. Examine the role of patient education in developing effective health professional education


Wiljer, D. Chapter 11: Meaningful Involvement with Patients, Families and Caregivers. In: William Rayburn, MD, MBA, David Davis, MD, and Mary Turco, EdD, editor(s). Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Healthcare. Philadelphia (United States): Wolters Kluwer; 2016. All registrants will receive a copy of the book chapter.

Ferguson G, Abi-Jaoude A, Johnson A, Saikaly R, Woldemichael B, Maharaj A, Soklaridis S, Nirula L, Hasan M, Wiljer D. Collaborating with Families: Exploring Family Member and Health Care Provider Perspectives on Engaging Families Within Medical Education. Acad Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 12. doi: 10.1007/s40596-017-0878-y.

Towle A, Bainbridge L, Godolphin W, et al. Active patient involvement in the education of health professionals. Med Educ. 2010;44:64-74.

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