Patients and Surgical Education: Rethinking Learning, Practice and Patient Engagement

  • Rosamund Snow
  • Margaret BearmanEmail author
  • Rick Iedema
Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 17)


Patient involvement offers many opportunities for surgical education. This chapter presents ideas and examples to stimulate new ways of designing educational experiences. Patient involvement in medical education is presented as more than storytelling; it is how patients can be active teachers, curriculum developers and assessors. Involving patients may change surgical education and even surgical practice. In particular, patient involvement may shift (1) where the lesson starts and ends, (2) who decides what ‘good’ looks like, (3) what skills need to be learnt, (4) the role of the patient and (5) how to provide a good surgical service.


Patient involvement Patient voice Surgical education Medical education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE)Deakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Team Based Practice & Learning in Health CareKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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