Boysen addresses critical keys to patient safety

Can patient safety be taught successfully? The answer is an optimistic yes, but it requires a fundamental culture change across all phases of medical education, according to Dr. Philip Boysen, executive associate dean of graduate medical education and professor of anesthesiology.

On Aug. 7, Boysen addressed this question before invited guests and the news media at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  This was prompted by an article he coauthored for the September issue of Health Affairs with Dr. Darrell Kirch, AAMC president and CEO.

The article explores five factors critical to the success of transforming the culture for patient safety: (1) leadership from the top; (2) early engagement of health professions students; (3) having residents teach others – students, junior residents, faculty – about patient safety; (4) use of health information technology; (5) promoting teamwork among health professionals. 

Boysen and Kirch also reflect on one real-world example where these factors came together to advance culture change: the GME program at the UNC School of Medicine.

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