Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Transforming health care through partnerships

Roles for Patient/Family Educators

Advisor lead discussion

Those of us who serve as advisors in educational roles, learn as well as teach.

Patient educator, Moffitt Cancer Center
Words of Advice, 2013

As patient and family educators are involved in the education of health professions students and clinicians, they can assume a variety of roles and provide education via different formats and approaches.

Personal Stories Share stories, experiences, and insights with a class of students, at Grand Rounds, or with larger audiences at a conference or professional meeting
Formal Presentations Combine stories with components of lecture, perhaps using PowerPoint slides; alone or with co-presenter(s)
Panels With 3-4 other patients/families, share aspects of stories and respond to questions with a skilled moderator
Discussion Groups Participate in or facilitate small group discussions, using curricular materials, but also openly sharing experience of care of both patients/families and students or clinicians
Role-play or Simulations Through use of computers and/or standardized patients, teach communication and interaction skills to students and clinicians
Mentoring Welcome learners into homes/lives to engage in dialogue about illness, quality/safety, navigating the health system