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STFM, AAFP Offer Online HIPAA Resources for Students, Preceptors
By Barbara Bein
The PowerPoint presentation welcomes students to the physician's office and offers reminders about patient confidentiality and trust, as well as tips for safeguarding patients' information. It also includes links to additional HIPAA information, privacy agreement examples and other training materials.
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Among initiatives the group is sponsoring is a collaboration with the National Area Health Education Center Organization to create a variety of posters with the theme, "You Can Be a Family Doctor." The posters can be downloaded and displayed in family medicine practices and residency clinics.
Other materials developed as part of the initiative include a brief "recruitment" PowerPoint presentation and talking points for FPs who want to engage younger students and teens in discussions about becoming family physicians.
The patient document is an authorization to release health information and gives permission for students to participate in the patient's care during a defined training period.
"The AAFP Division of Medical Education staff came up with the idea for this tool to address concerns raised by physicians regarding premedical shadowing," said STFM Executive Director Stacy Brungardt, C.A.E. "Having materials that have been created and endorsed by STFM and the AAFP should help preceptors feel more comfortable bringing premedical and medical students into their offices and exposing them to a positive experience with a family medicine practice."
In addition, because many solo and community-based physicians don't have the same access to such materials as do physicians in academic health centers, the new Web-based resources help ensure that community-based physicians can be prepared to have students precept in their offices and that these students are informed about federal privacy guidelines.
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