At one time, patients were a primary source of learning. Sir William Osler wrote in the 19th century, “To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, whilst to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all…”
Since the 1970s and with the expansion of technology, most clinical teaching moved into the conference room. This is unfortunate because patients and their family members can be highly effective teachers. They talk about symptoms, their diagnostic odysseys, about living with their diseases, and about feeling isolated. They recall the challenges of navigating a complex medical system. Whereas doctors lecture about facts and describe clinical cases, patients and families have lived an often-poignant narrative, and the research is clear - storytelling is a very effective teaching tool. People remember stories better than they do facts.
VMP Genetics believes that clinicians are more likely to recognize a patient with a metabolic disorder if they have already seen or heard about such a case before.
A NATIONAL PATIENT-TEACHER REGISTRY FOR METABOLIC DISEASE
This resource is intended for educators and clinicians who want to enhance their teaching about genetic metabolic disorders by including the patient voice and perspective, whether it is a live presentation, in-person or remote (this site), or a recorded video clip (see our companion site “VMP Catalog of Patient Videos”).
These individuals wish to participate in the teaching process. They have medically confirmed diagnoses, or they are the parents or family members of the patients. They are seasoned speakers (having spoken to medical audiences before), or they have been coached to speak in a story format to better engage an audience.
Patient-teachers do not expect payment for their presentations but reimbursement for incidental expenses (for parking, or for travel for engagements that are farther away) is appropriate.
You can find these “patient-teachers” by diagnosis or by geographical location. However, to protect their privacy in this process, we ask that you fill out a request through VMP Genetics and VMP Genetics will have the patient-teacher make the connection with you. Once that happens, it is up to you to make the arrangements around the speaking event.
Disease groupings and diseases:
- Homocystinuria (HCU)
- Ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency
- Propionic acidemia (PA)
- Methylmalonic acidemia (MMA)
- L-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria
- D-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduria
- Medium chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency
- Very long chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase (VLCAD) deficiency
- Long chain hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase (LCHAD) deficiency
- Carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) II deficiency
- Carnitine update defect (CUD)
- Glut-1 deficiency
- Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD)
- Fabry disease
- Pompe disease
- X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (xALD)
- Hypophosphatasia (B6)
- Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP)
- Tango II metabolic encephalopathy and arrhythmias
Click here if you are an educator and wish to request a Patient-Teacher
Click here if you wish to be listed in the Patient-Teacher Registry
Your comments are welcome. VMP Genetics takes seriously the feedback coming from our colleagues and collaborators.
For more information about the National Patient-Teacher Registry, please go to our Contact page and send us a message. We will respond shortly.