Health practitioners and the Integrated Population Medicine program

Dear Health Practitioner

Students in Stage 3 of the Sydney Medical Program are asked to follow a patient with a chronic disease over 10 months in order to understand their clinical care in the context of their home life, community and the social determinants of health.

Our students are asked to accompany the patient to a healthcare appointment as an observer. Thank you for making this possible. The patient has consented to the student observing his or her visit to your service.

What do we ask of you?

  • Please conduct your consultation with the patient as you would normally, without reference to the student.
  • We are not asking you to instruct the student in any aspect of your clinical practice.
  • The student is being asked to observe and reflect on the patient’s experience of all aspects of their healthcare.
  • Please let the student know at the end of the consultation if you are willing for them to contact you later to answer any questions he or she may have. Only some students will take advantage of this offer.

Many thanks. Below is some more information about the Integrated Population Medicine Program.

What does the program involve?

Medical students identify and ask patients to share their healthcare experiences with them. Each student seeks to share and learn from these experiences by:

  • Meeting with their patient and the patient’s family or carers;
  • Accompanying their patient to a healthcare appointment as an observer;
  • Contacting their patient by phone or email in a series of conversations about their healthcare experiences;
  • Recording and reflecting on the knowledge gained from these contacts.

Students will acquire information in five themes:

  • Social determinants of health and health equity
  • Risk prevention and health promotion
  • Patient-centred care
  • Evidence-based care
  • Access to care

Any questions?

If you would like any further information regarding the IPM Program, please contact the Population Medicine Program Administrator, Ms Luise Kazda on 02 9036 5360 or via email.