Informed consent - Medical Students present during consultation or surgery

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to University of Auckland

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear University of Auckland,

I am a NZ citizen.
According to the Medical Council of NZ, statement of duties of physicians titled "When another person is present during a consultation", point 11:
If a doctor would like to have one or more students or trainees attend a consultation the patient should be provided with an explanation prior to the consultation about the role that the student or trainee may take in the consultation and asked whether he or she consents to the student or trainee being present.

I am writing to request from University of Auckland all documents and information which inform the physician and student of:
(1) their respective responsibilities and obligations to the patient to obtain informed consent from the patient when a student is present during a consultation or surgery, and
(2) their respective responsibilities and obligations with regards to student's observational notes taken when the student is present in a consultation or surgery (e.g., what notes should be taken, whether the notes are to be added to the patients record, who will have access to the observation notes, etc.)

I also request documents on the quality assurance process to ensure that all DHBs are complying with the aforementioned responsibilities and obligations.

If you require any clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact me via FYI.org.nz. If your organization does not hold some or any of these documents, I respectfully request you refer my OIA request to the appropriate agency who holds the missing information.

I request the documents be submitted through FYI.org.nz and be in searchable electronic form (e.g., word or PDF which has not been scanned as a gif or tiff).

Thank you for your help in obtaining this information.

Kind regards,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Rebecca Ewert
University of Auckland


Attachment Guidebooks MBChB.pdf
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Attachment Year 6 Coursebook 2021.pdf
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Attachment Section 1.2 Clinical Practice guidelines policies legislation.pdf
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Dear Amy,

 

I refer to your request of 29 January 2021 for information under the
Official Information Act 1982. The University’s response follows.

 

“I am writing to request from University of Auckland all documents and
information which inform the physician and student of:
(1) their respective responsibilities and obligations to the patient to
obtain informed consent from the patient when a student is present during
a consultation or surgery, and
(2) their respective responsibilities and obligations with regards to
student's observational notes taken when the student is present in a
consultation or surgery (e.g., what notes should be taken, whether the
notes are to be added to the patients record, who will have access to the
observation notes, etc.)”

 

The documents requested are attached, including an excerpt from the
“Clinical Practice: guidelines, policies & legislation” document on
medical students and informed consent.

 

“I also request documents on the quality assurance process to ensure that
all DHBs are complying with the aforementioned responsibilities and
obligations.”

 

The University of Auckland has no quality assurance process for DHB
compliance with the responsibilities and obligations specified above. This
constitutes a refusal of your request under section 18(e) of the Official
Information Act, as the documents requested do not exist.

 

You have the right to make a complaint to an Ombudsman if you are
dissatisfied with this response.

 

Yours sincerely,

Rebecca Ewert

University of Auckland

 

 

From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt
<[1][FOI #14571 email]>
Sent: Friday, 29 January 2021 4:40 AM
To: legal <[2][email address]>
Subject: Official Information request - Informed consent - Medical
Students present during consultation or surgery

 

Dear University of Auckland,

I am a NZ citizen.
According to the Medical Council of NZ, statement of duties of physicians
titled "When another person is present during a consultation", point 11:
If a doctor would like to have one or more students or trainees attend a
consultation the patient should be provided with an explanation prior to
the consultation about the role that the student or trainee may take in
the consultation and asked whether he or she consents to the student or
trainee being present.

I am writing to request from University of Auckland all documents and
information which inform the physician and student of:
(1) their respective responsibilities and obligations to the patient to
obtain informed consent from the patient when a student is present during
a consultation or surgery, and
(2) their respective responsibilities and obligations with regards to
student's observational notes taken when the student is present in a
consultation or surgery (e.g., what notes should be taken, whether the
notes are to be added to the patients record, who will have access to the
observation notes, etc.)

I also request documents on the quality assurance process to ensure that
all DHBs are complying with the aforementioned responsibilities and
obligations.

If you require any clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact me
via FYI.org.nz. If your organization does not hold some or any of these
documents, I respectfully request you refer my OIA request to the
appropriate agency who holds the missing information.

I request the documents be submitted through FYI.org.nz and be in
searchable electronic form (e.g., word or PDF which has not been scanned
as a gif or tiff).

Thank you for your help in obtaining this information.

Kind regards,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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