Saturday, March 13, 2010
Patient safety education: Let's get it started!
I just reviewed the new white paper, Unmet Needs: Teaching Physicians to Provide Safe Patient Care, which outlines recommendations on incorporating patient safety concepts into medical education beginning at the start of medical school. Moreover, it even calls for incorporating questions on patient safety into the MCAT, and assessing medical school applicants for interpersonal skills that promote patient safety. We know that it's too late to begin teaching patient safety after medical school graduation, and it's too important for an incremental approach.