INTRODUCTION: In recent years, there has been a national push to incorporate high-fidelity quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) education into physician training programs. In fact, integration of robust patient safety education became an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program Requirement for residency programs in 2017. We developed a curriculum to not only fulfill the ACGME's requirement but also provide PGY 1 internal medicine residents with the skills needed to become active participants in ongoing patient safety work throughout their training and careers.
METHODS: Our patient safety curriculum was woven into residents' existing protected educational time and supported by a standardized facilitator guide and participant workbook. It combined didactic prework with the review of recent near-miss or low-harm patient safety events, empowering residents to identify root causes and propose interventions.
RESULTS: We successfully delivered our patient safety curriculum to 80 PGY 1 residents over the course of 2 academic years. Residents rated the curriculum as a valuable educational experience, and the event reviews they completed met most of the criteria for high-quality patient safety reviews according to the Strong String Assessment.
DISCUSSION: Implementation of this standardized curriculum has allowed us to reliably and consistently incorporate experiential patient safety education into the first year of training for internal medicine residents. Unlike purely didactic sessions, our curriculum encourages active learning, building muscle memory for event reviews that enables future engagement in patient safety activities.
Perkons, Michelle; Wickersham, Alexis; Bharel, Sonia; Kuchera, Timothy; and Jaffe, Rebecca, "Early Immersion in Team-Based Event Review: Experiential Patient Safety Education for PGY 1 Internal Medicine Residents" (2024). Department of Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 437.
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