Teaching doctors about patient safety
The 2003 Institute of Medicine's report "Health Professions Education: a Bridge to Quality" argued for the education of health professionals in patient safety, a topic that is indisputably a fundamental goal of medical education. While there's been work done to develop frameworks and patient safety curricula, there is limited guidance on actual teaching methods, learner experiences, and strategies for implementation of curricula.
The Millennium Conference 2009, sponsored by the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts attempt to address that issue.
Millennium Conference 2009 will involve nine medical schools in the generation of strategies to teach patient safety across the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels.
Among the questions to be explored are: what are the most important elements to teach in patient safety? How should it be taught? How can the challenges in teaching patient safety be overcome
The conference, being held May 7-9 at Babson College, will feature keynote speaker, Dennis O'Leary, is the former director of The Joint Commission. BIDMC President and CEO Paul Levy will address the question of "implementing patient safety initiatives at a time of limited resources."