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New Lucian Leape Institute Report Finds That U.S. Medical Schools Are Falling Short in Teaching Physicians How to Provide Safe Patient Care
Date:3/10/2010

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A major reason why progress has been so slow is that medical schools and teaching hospitals have not trained physicians to follow safe practices, analyze bad outcomes, and work collaboratively in teams to redesign care processes to make them safer. These education and training activities, the report states, need to begin on Day 1 of medical school and continue throughout the four years of medical education and subsequent residency training.

"The medical education system is producing square pegs for the delivery system's round holes," said Dennis S. O'Leary, MD, President Emeritus of The Joint Commission, a member of the Institute, and leader of the initiative. "Educational strategies need to be redesigned to emphasize development of the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are foundational to the provision of safe care." The new report – titled "Unmet Needs: Teaching Physicians to Provide Safe Patient Care" – is based on a Roundtable of leading experts in medical education, patient safety, healthcare, and healthcare improvement convened by the Institute. Participants ranged from some of the most eminen
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