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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

"Because they are powerful role models, all clinical faculty need to be the kinds of physician we want our students to become," said Dr. Leape.

In addition, the report calls on the accrediting body for medical schools (the Liaison Committee on Medical Education) and the accrediting body for residency programs (the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) to modify their accreditation standards accordingly.

"Patient safety is a top priority for our nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals," said John E. Prescott, MD, Chief Academic Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges. "Improvements in instruction and training in this area are on the rise in all phases of medical education."

This report is the first of a planned series of such reports on issues that the Lucian Leape Institute has identified as top priorities in ongoing efforts to improve patient safety. "We are very excited about this initial report of the Lucian Leape Institute," said Diane C. Pinakiewicz, MBA, President of the Lucian Leape Institute and the National Patient Safety Foundation, "but we recognize that this is just the beginning of a major collaborative effort to see the report's recommendations through to their full implementation."


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