Students from Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Genetic Counseling Participate in a Challenging Experiential Learning Course Providing Advocacy Services to Patients
Twelve students from a variety of academic disciplines begin their Experiential Learning course — officially named Applied Advocacy Experience — this June, providing advocacy services to patients all over the country under the supervision of Center for Patient Partnerships’ faculty and staff.
“My peers around me — some from completely different disciplines like Law — are challenging me everyday to think outside of the box when advocating for the patients I’m working with,” says Casey Birschbach, a medical student at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and future pediatrician. “That’s something I don’t get to experience often in my regular classrooms, and I’m grateful to have this experience as a part of my medical training.”
Students work closely with peers and supervisors to assist patients with life-threatening and serious illnesses as a part of the Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate Program. From understanding their diagnosis to researching treatment options, from navigating their insurance claims to choosing the right clinical trials, our students aim to help patients with every step of their healthcare journey.
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“Our Applied Advocacy Experience course is the most unique and important component of our Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate Program,” says Stephanie Johnson, the advocacy coordinator who oversees the course. “We want all of our student advocates to feel challenged in this experiential environment, and work collaboratively with students across disciplines to best serve our patients.”
Students participate in weekly case-round forums to problem-solve collectively, fully utilizing the diverse academic backgrounds and personal experiences from both faculty and students at Center for Patient Partnerships.
“We’re laying the groundwork for our students to continue working in partnerships with different stakeholders across the healthcare system to improve patient experiences in their future careers,” says Johnson.
About the Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate Program
Center for Patient Partnerships’ Consumer Health Advocacy Certificate Program educates a diversity of learners interested in health advocacy, such as healthcare providers seeking to enhance their understanding of the complex healthcare system, aspiring health professionals taking time off before pursuing graduate or professional school, professionals interested in a new career, and others drawn to advocacy for personal or professional reasons.
For more information, visit http://www.patientpartnerships.org/education/