Journal: Medical Teacher Author: NICOLE KOEHLER & CHRISTINE MCMENAMIN Publication Date: Mar 2014 Volume Number: 36 Page Numbers: 1-5 early on line
Description: It appears that many schools are now using students as patients, allowing peer-physical examination (PPEs) to replace real patients. Whilst this has many advantages, very little is written about the ethical policies surrounding this type of activity.
This paper investigates this problem, and concludes with two definite recommendations:

Medical schools should develop and implement a PPE policy addressing issues such as courses of action to take if a student’s confidentiality is breached, students behave inappropriately, and an abnormality / circumstance requiring further investigation in a student is
discovered.

Having a clear and accessible PPE policy may assist in alleviating some students’ concerns in regards to taking part in PPEs especially when taking on the ‘‘patient’’ role.

An important paper for all those faculty running such programmes
Support links: The need for a peer physical examination policy within Australian medical schools