Yale Medical Student Task Force (MSTF) Volunteer Training Guides
In the setting of COVID-19, many patients at Yale have had their outpatient appointments canceled. Yale's Medical Student Task Force (MSTF) has partnered with several internal medicine departments to reach out to these patients via phone calls. Student volunteers were trained to check in with patients, educate patients on virtual visit rescheduling options, elicit any health or medication concerns that could not wait until the rescheduled visit, and relay patient questions to the provider. These training guides were used by MSTF volunteers to reach out to patients in the Yale Departments of Endocrinology and Cardiology. The guides include a description of volunteer workflow; a script for phone outreach to patients; and a template for the volunteer's EPIC message to the provider to summarize the call. We also included a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions sheet, in case patients had any questions about the pandemic. We hope these training guides can serve as a reference point for other health professional schools hoping to implement remote patient outreach programs.