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Medical Schools Falling Short in Equipping Future Doctors to Provide Safe Care

16444899 According to a report issued last week by the National Patient Safety Foundation, medical schools are not doing enough to train future doctors to provide safe care.  The Lucian Leape Institute convened 40 leading experts in medical education, patient safety, and health care improvement.  They found:

  • Medical schools do not teach safety science and do not equip doctors in training with needed interpersonal skills
  • Medical schools and teaching hospitals need to create learning cultures that emphasize patient safety, transparency, and collaborative behavior
  • Medical Schools and teaching hospitals need to begin intensive patient safety training for faculty so that they can serve as adequate models for their students

The report also suggests that the accrediting bodies for medical schools (the Liaison Committee on Medical Education) and residency programs (the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) revise their accreditation standards to promote a more significant focus on patient safety.


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