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Inform patients of residents' status as trainees

Residency Program Insider, April 14, 2017

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Communicating with patients about resident physicians’ status as trainees can be a balancing act. Institutions need to inform patients when resident physicians provide their care while ensuring patients are comfortable receiving care from a physician identified as a trainee. 

In the following excerpt from a Q&A featured in Residency Program Alert, Jennifer Reemtsma, MEd, director of GME at the Christ Hospital Health Network in Cincinnati, explains what information hospitals should provide patients about trainees.

Reemtsma: Hospitals should ensure that patients have a clear understanding of who all of the clinicians on their care team are, and what their particular role will be in their care. It should be made clear not only who is a trainee, but what that title actually means.

For example, simply telling a patient that you are a resident physician does not ensure that the patient knows what “resident physician” actually means. A clear explanation should be given about what a trainee’s title means as far as background and education. This allows the patient to ask clarifying questions and feel at ease with the members of the care team.

Source: Residency Program Alert



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