Journal Article

Planning and implementing a systems-based patient safety curriculum in medical education.

Thompson DA; Cowan J; Holzmueller C; Wu AW; Bass E; Pronovost P.

Medical students are frequently exposed to medical errors, but as yet, formal training in patient safety has not been integrated into medical education. This article reports on the development of a patient safety curriculum for first-year medical students. The process of developing the curriculum and its core components, which included having students shadow ICU nurses and also conduct a root cause analysis of an error, are described in detail. The curriculum was well-received by students and was effective in helping them understand systems approaches to analyzing adverse events.