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Patients view on informed consent for teaching medical students

A 2019/2020 Summer Studentship research project

The patient’s view on informed consent for teaching is likely to inform the public debate and will be taken into account as the national consensus document between the Faculties of Medical and Health Science of the Universities of Auckland and Otago, Chief Medical Officers of District Health Boards, New Zealand Medical Students’ Association and the Medical Council of New Zealand, is being updated

Student: Fraser McKenzie
Supervisors: Dr Niki Newman, Professional Practice Fellow, Director Simulation Centre, Associate Professor Matt Doogue and Professor Lutz Beckert, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, John Dean, Lecturer, Simulation Centre, Deans Department UOC
Sponsor: TBC


Informed consent is an integral part of clinical management. Within New Zealand there is currently a dialogue about the appropriate consent for patients participating in learning activities. A national consensus between the DHB and the New Zealand medical schools was published in 2015.


The aim of this study is to survey the patient perception and opinion on consent for learning activities with medical students.


This is part of a larger project. We have a set have about 10 case scenarios/questions around learning activities/clinical situations; for example reviewing notes, participating in a ward round, participating in planned teaching session, allowing physical and sensitive examinations, and being treated by a student. The larger project will survey students and staff; this project will enlist the view of the patients. The student will identify and interview approximately 100 patients in the acute patient ward setting, (patients in different age groups and a mix of medical/surgical/gynaecological patients). He / she will administer the questionnaire with the case scenarios, record the answers, create spread sheet, analyse the answers, present the results and assist preparing a publication.

Student researcher’s component of the study

  1. Literature review around medical students and informed consent
  2. Meet the relevant key holders in the clinical environment
  3. Administrating the scenario based questionnaire to patients
  4. Analyse, interpret and present the findings
  5. Feeding results back to key stake holders, University organisations and the consensus group.
  6. Drafting a peer reviewed article on the findings.

Student Prerequisites

Medical student in advanced learning of medicine.

How to apply