Patient safety has become a national topic since a 1999 Institute of Medicine report estimated that medical errors kill almost 100,000 people per year. Follow-up surveys of medical schools found that young doctors in training did not feel they received enough in-depth education in patient safety. In response to this issue, the WHO (World Health Organization) developed a patient safety curriculum to be taught in medical schools. UCF College of Medicine was invited to become a pilot site for evaluation of the patient safety curriculum along with 10 medical schools in countries across the world.
- Stephen Knych, M.D.
- Students are aware of the magnitude of patient harm in the health care delivery system.
- Students can identify types of errors in case review/low fidelity simulations and apply strategies to mitigate or prevent harm.
- When presented with complex patient care scenarios, use system design principles to identify and design highly reliable processes that mitigate error leading to patient harm.
- Applies principles of team-based behavior to improve patient safety.
- When presented with patient care scenarios involving the interface of humans in complex systems, apply the knowledge of human factors to mitigate patient harm.