Teaching Patient Safety

patient_safety A three-day patient safety course was added to the curriculum of third year-students just prior to their clinical clerkships.  The course content included items such as causes of errors and quality improvement; teamwork and error-reporting; self-regulation and clerkship ethics; and communication with patients and caregivers.  Data was collected in the form of surveys, containing vignettes of medical error cases, which students filled out before and after course attendance. After completing the course, students had an increased understanding of patient safety and medical errors.  Students’ awareness of the complexity of the medical system and its collective responsibility for errors were increased after the course. –Lee Ann Schein, Ph.D.

Roh H, Park SJ, Kim T., Patient safety education to change medical students’ attitudes and sense of responsibility.Med Teach. 2014 Oct 22:1-7.

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