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Teaching medical students about medical errors and patient safety: evaluation of a required curriculum.
Halbach JL, Sullivan LL. Acad Med. 2005;80:600-606.
This study reports survey findings both before and after implementation of a new educational curriculum. The patient safety curriculum described targeted third-year medical students with a 4-hour session that included readings, interactive discussion, and videotaped standardized patient encounters. Findings suggested that the experience was useful and increased awareness about the topic area as desired. The authors discuss educational strategies, such as case-based teaching and patient safety conferences, which can foster greater and more consistent safety education for medical students throughout their training.
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Development and evaluation of a 1-day interclerkship program for medical students on medical errors and patient safety.
Moskowitz E, Veloski JJ, Fields SK, Nash DB. Am J Med Qual. 2007;22:13-17.
Early education of students in the health professions is a recommended component of establishing a culture of safety. This study describes the effect of a patient safety seminar delivered to third-year medical students, which included lectures and workshop sessions. The students' attitudes and knowledge about patient safety issues improved as a result. Prior research has also found that brief curricula can increase patient safety awareness among medical students, but without reinforcement, this knowledge may deteriorate over time.