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Dutch Medical Students Being Trained as Coaches

Country Correspondent: Marthe Haverkamp

The Dutch Association for Medical Students has launched a project called "MedGezel" — Dutch for companion — that trains medical students to act as coaches for elderly patients. The coaches accompany clients to appointments, help explain instructions and care options in simple language, and ensure patients play a role in decision-making. The initiative’s goals are to help seniors feel more confident and take an active part in their care, enhance the effectiveness of medical appointments, and enhance medical students’ educational experiences. MedGezel is currently being piloted in three cities.

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