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Informed consent


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Medical students and consent


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  • Consent may be delegated to medical students.
  • The delegate requires sufficient knowledge and experience to provide adequate explanations to the patient.

The physician who performs the treatment or investigation is ultimately responsible for obtaining consent. She or he may delegate the duty, but should be confident the delegate has the knowledge and experience to provide adequate explanations to the patient and to answer the patient's questions.

Although a student may know about the investigation, procedure, or medication to be prescribed, the student should also know the special risks for the specific patient based on their medical condition.

As a medical student, if you are uncertain what should be included in the consent discussion or the patient asks you a question that you cannot answer, alert your supervisor and arrange for someone else to obtain consent.

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