Quality & Patient Safety

Report says medical students need increased training on patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor, May 1, 2010

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Today’s medical students are not learning enough about patient safety, the importance of teamwork and communication, and safety science, according to a new white paper released in March by the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation. The report, Unmet Needs: Teaching Physicians to Provide Safe Patient Care, details 12 recommendations for reforming the current medical education curricula to incorporate these vital aspects of providing safe patient care.

“It’s apparent to most of us that the major challenge in moving ahead in improving patient safety has been getting physicians up to speed, teaching physicians the science of safety and the skills they need to make healthcare safe,” Lucian Leape, MD, adjunct professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said at a press conference. “We need to start earlier in medical school, and that’s what this is all about.”

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