Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Many graduate medical education programs have instituted patient safety didactics or online courses to meet accreditation standards, but these are likely insufficient in the face of real-world practices commonly witnessed by trainees in clinical settings. Recognizing the importance of this hidden curriculum on shaping trainees' behaviors, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) created the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program to evaluate teaching institutions in six focus areas: patient safety, quality improvement, transitions in care, supervision, duty hours, and professionalism. During 2013, the ACGME visited more than 100 teaching hospitals in the United States as part of this program. According to ACGME leaders, the early findings show an overall lack of trainee engagement in the systems-based practices. Available on the Web site, the CLER Pathways to Excellence report describes discoveries from the first year of the program and provides a guide for teaching institutions to create clinical environments that support patient safety training and practices.