Introduction:

Patients are entitled to refuse to have a student perform or be present during a medical examination or procedure
Medical departments in facilities used for training purposes must inform patients that the facility is used to train students in the healthcare professions
When students are present during a medical examination or procedure, the instructional staff must indicate this and introduce them to the patient


Patients are entitled to refuse to have a student perform or be present during a medical examination or procedure.

  • If a patient expresses such a refusal, this request must be accepted with understanding and the patient is still entitled to the full and proper medical care his/her condition requires.
  • For patients who agree to have students present at an examination or procedure, the number of students present must be limited. The patient must be promised that the examination or procedure will be performed in the presence of the treating medical care provider or instructor while maintaining the patient's dignity and privacy.
  • It is the responsibility of the medical facility, the instructional staff and students in the healthcare professions to do all they can to ensure that during the educational process, the rights, privacy and dignity of patients are not harmed in any way.

Who is Eligible?

  • All patients

How to Claim It?

  • The right must be provided automatically following the patient's request.
  • Patients must be notified in advance that a student will be present during an examination/procedure and their consent must be obtained.

Please Note

  • Medical departments in facilities used for training purposes must inform patients that the facility is used to train students in the healthcare professions. This information must be brought to the patients' attention through a posting in a prominent place in the medical facility or an informational leaflet given to all new patients.
  • When students are present during a medical examination or procedure, the instructional staff must indicate this and introduce them to the patient.
  • When physical examinations are performed in private, patients must be informed of their right to have another person present. For more information, see: Presence of a Family Member or Other Person During Medical Examinations.

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