To advance the education of healthcare professionals and reduce the number of preventable deaths, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) has developed core curriculum to teach patient safety throughout the entire education process, from freshman year through residency. The continued education and development of healthcare students and professionals improves the quality of patient care and eliminates preventable medical error.
By committing to the Patient Safety Curriculum (Actionable Patient Safety Solutions #17), participants commit to:
- Improve knowledge of the science, as well as the human side, of patient safety
- Gain skills required to apply safe care practices to reduce medical error
- Value the role of patients and families as members of the healthcare team
- Demonstrate effective personal and team behaviors that support a just culture and reliable health system performance
- Advance the goal of eliminating preventable patient deaths
“Helping healthcare students and professionals understand how to integrate patient safety into everything they do is critical to creating a culture and infrastructure that reduces preventable harm to patients,” said David Mayer, Patient Safety Movement Foundation CEO. “Our curriculum does that and provides them with behaviors and tools they need to prevent medical errors.”
Four organizations have already made their commitments to this curriculum: Chapman University School of Pharmacy, Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) School of Medicine, San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Nursing and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
Chapman University will introduce the full range of patient safety concepts to pharmacy students. Patient safety curriculum will begin during the first year of school with the goal of creating entry-level practitioners with a broad knowledge base and skills that can be used to improve patient safety. Chapman’s five-year strategic plan calls for specific activity and investment in patient safety research, education and practice.
UNAM will use this curriculum to strengthen their role in clinical care through patient safety management and to fully integrate it into the teaching process. Additionally, UNAM will continue to use simulation as a critical component of their students’ preparation for clinical practice, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
SDSU will incorporate the Patient Safety Curriculum into their Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) program as updates to curriculum content during the 2019-2021 academic years. Basic concepts will be integrated in Professional Formation courses with more advanced concepts included in teaching nursing skills, advanced care and critical care simulations.
Geisinger Commonwealth identified this curriculum as an opportunity to emphasize their patient-centered communication, patient safety and quality improvement. Geisinger’s commitment will help ensure that patient safety continues to be an emphasis of current curricular content. Simulations and clinical settings will be used to develop patient safety skills.
“We want to not only thank these forward thinking medical, pharmacy and nursing schools in hardwiring patient safety by educating their students through their entire education process, but the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s steering committee that took on the challenging task of creating the patient safety curriculum for all professional healthcare schools to implement,” stated Joe Kiani, Founder and Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. “This tool is now free and available for every university to implement; we hope they all will so that in a decade patient safety is indeed hardwired throughout the entire profession”.
For more information on the Patient Safety Movement Foundation or to make your commitment, go to patientsafetymovement.org.