Patient Safety Curriculum
Why this patient safety curriculum?
A lot of great curricular resources already exist but the Patient Safety Movement Foundation believes in connecting people and ideas to help present information in a way that increases uptake and implementation.
- We identified a gap in when students in training were getting introduced to patient safety – it is typically far too late into their training.
- We also found that it was possible to create a core curriculum that can be applied across all healthcare professions – nursing, pharmacy, behavioral health, medicine, etc.
- Our curriculum takes advantage of the manifold curricular materials that are already available and links them to a framework of fundamental and common domains and competencies in a way that allows educators to select and adapt as appropriate for their profession and the level of learner.
Who should read this Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)?
We are looking for deans, professors, educators and even students in training to download this resource.
- Deans can help weave the modules into their own curriculum.
- Individual educators can supplement their current curriculum.
- Students can do a self-study and utilize the resources collected under each module.
Who is leading the work?
Dr. Steven Scheinman and Dr. Margrit (Peggy) Shoemaker from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine co-chair the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Patient Safety Curriculum for Schools workgroup. The co-chairs and a dedicated workgroup of about 25 individuals representing various health professions, academics, and human factors experts have dedicated the last 18 months to the development of the curriculum.
What’s in the curriculum?
The core curricula will include the following elements:
- Ownership of patient safety and quality embedded within the professional identity formation for all healthcare professionals, from day one of their professional training;
- Designed for learners ranging from novice to expert
- Core curriculum common to all health professions. The fundamental elements of the core curriculum will include:
- Leadership training
- Interprofessional team-based models
- Definition of competencies to be achieved, outcomes to be assessed and milestones (which will be specialty-specific) to be identified for each stage of one’s professional career (UME, GME and unsupervised practice, across all professions)
- Focusing beyond care of the individual patient to address systems of care
- The following 8 domains are represented in the curriculum:
- Culture of Safety, Human Factors, System Science, Error Science, Technology, Patient-oriented Safe Care, Teamwork and Communication, and Leadership/Leading Change.
- Domain-specific appendices provide links to videos, case studies, exciting online resources, role-play scenarios and supplemental readings.
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