A program developed by the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) proved to be effective in improving patients’ abilities to manage their chronic diseases, as well as in improving second-year osteopathic medical students’ abilities to educate a patient with chronic disease. The program was featured in the November 2018 issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
The program, an educational curriculum called “The Other 45,” was developed to improve chronic disease self-management among an underserved population and to improve the skills of second-year osteopathic medical students. Specifically, the program allows second-year students to provide chronic disease education to patients for 45 minutes in addition to a typical 15-minute office visit.
Forty-seven patients and 69 students participated in the study. Patients’ constructive attitudes and approaches and health services navigation showed significant improvement at a three-week follow-up visit, according to the results of the study, along with positive and active engagement in life, and emotional well-being. Students also improved significantly in patient-centered care, clinical confidence, and medical/teaching knowledge as a result of participating in the program.