Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Learning Patient Safety in Medical School

How can the trend of increasing mortality due to medical errors be reversed?

Workers at the National Patienty Safety Foundation are working towards reinventing the medical school curriculum, in hopes that patient safety will be taught in medical schools more effectively, and in turn reduce the death rates associated with hospital errors.

A model of education that is based on conflict resolution, mindfulness, communication, and teamwork relating to patient safety would be included.

With changing the curriculum around, clear requirements would need to be set for both terminal competencies for graduating students and with learning cultures in residency programs, as well as patient safety content needing to be included in medical textbooks and licensing exams.

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

Source: KevinMD

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