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Patient Safety Curriculum Workshop

Purpose: Develop faculty leadership at all VA facilities where medical residents train in order to pursue the objectives of the VA patient safety curriculum.

More than half of the nation's residents train in VA health care facilities and are a crucial element in VA's effort to improve patient care, because they work on the front line, where there is more potential for change.

Working with residency program faculty also enables the patient safety curriculum to reach more physicians-in-training. Workshops provide both patient safety curriculum content and interactive teaching methods.

Target Audience: Physicians, clinicians, and managers in VAs or affiliate universities who provide education to residents. Patient safety managers/officers who would like to provide more education to residents and any stakeholder who wants to make a difference in providing patient safety education.

Why make the effort to develop faculty to teach patient safety?  

  • To prepare physicians who are able to diagnose and treat system ills before harm results.
  • To meet ACGME required Core Competencies
    • Systems-based practice: manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value
    • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care
    • Professionalism: manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and adherence to ethical principles
  • To prepare for certification/recertification by American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
  • To support the VA and/or medical school philosophy regarding systems thinking and practice
  • To meet guidelines and standards
    • Federal guidelines and (indirectly) state regulations for VA (directives, mission)
    • Federal and state regulations for university hospitals (e.g., CMS, new Florida law)
  • To meet the requirements set by Joint Commission or other policy groups (residents are sometimes considered employees)
  • To address the call for interdisciplinary teaching (med students with nursing students with pharmacy students) with multidisciplinary teaching sessions or case conferences
  • It's the right thing to do

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