The Foundations of PCOR Training gives medical students the skills and approaches necessary to succeed as clinicians and researchers in today's patient-driven medical field.

The PCOR Training our medical students received from LPHI was a timely and useful addition to the Tulane MD/MPH Rotation. These students, mostly 4th years, have been exposed to the concepts of patient-centered care throughout their training but probably at a more theoretical,  didactic level. This training provided not only an introduction to practical skills using a more hands-on approach to the application of patient-centeredness using patient scenarios, but also helped them to integrate the use of these skills in clinical, research, and public health settings. 

Dr. Mark DalCorso

Clinical Associate Professor & Faculty Adviser (MD/MPH Rotation), Tulane University School of Medicine

It’s definitely relevant for future medical care providers to be made aware of patient-centered research whether or not they plan to be directly involved. I think the course did a good job of making this clear.

Tulane University Medical Student

Even though I don’t plan to be heavily involved in research as a physician, it was beneficial to be reminded of ways to engage patients and to consider each patient’s background individually.

Tulane University Medical Student

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Foundations of PCOR Training learning objectives:


1. Medical students will be able to identify and describe clinically-based principles and approaches that engage patients, family members, and caregivers as essential partners in PCOR;

2. Medical students will effectively apply knowledge and skills related to communication, patient-centeredness, and partnerships necessary to the clinician’s role in PCOR; and

3. Medical students will demonstrate ability and willingness to apply their knowledge and skills of PCOR to their ongoing professional development in the field of medicine.



Adaptable training with online and in-person components:


Online Component


Student Website

1-2 hours

Introduction to basic PCOR concepts

Readings, video, case study, and short answer questions


In-Person Component


Interactive Lecture



Patient-Facilitated Activities

4-5 hours


3 hours

Deep dive into subjects of focus


Hands-on practice with patient facilitators

Video, pair-and-share, and reflective discussion


Role-playing and formal evaluation of performance


Curriculum Development Process

The LPHI Project Team and a Training Advisory Group (TAG) collaboratively developed the Foundations of PCOR Training curriculum between September 2015 and June 2017. The 19-member TAG was assembled specifically for the purposes of curriculum development and strategic planning and consisted of patients, medical students, and PCOR leaders and medical educators. TAG members determined the key topics and content areas to be covered within the training and guided the development of training activities as well as the assembly and revision of all training materials. Additionally, the LPHI Project Team facilitated two patient input workshops and one medical student input workshop during this time. The purpose of these workshops was to get targeted feedback from these particular stakeholder groups during the curriculum development process to ensure that the training would be responsive to the needs and learning styles of different students and would include the perspective of patients in productive ways.

Publications & Conferences

  • Angove, R.S.M., Boselovic, J.L., Farb, H., Zebrick, A. & Hamb, A. (June 26th, 2017). Innovations in Engagement Training: Preparing Early Career Health Professionals to Meaningfully Engage Patients in Research. AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting: New Orleans, LA.
  • Farb, H., Angove, R.S.M., Boselovic, J.L., Hamb, A. & Zebrick, A. (May 19th, 2017). The Role of Public Health Institutes in Developing Innovative Trainings for Future Health Professionals. National Network of Public Health Institutes Conference: New Orleans, LA.
  • Angove, R.S.M., Farb, H., Boselovic, J.L., Zebrick, A. & Hamb, A. (February 24th, 2017). From Theory to Educational Practice: Medical Schools as Leaders of Patient Engagement. Innovations in Medical Education Conference: Los Angeles, CA.