ME555M.1

Patient Safety and Quality

Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Anjala Tess
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Offered November and March only
Location: BIDMCE - BI-Deaconess Med Ctr-East (1)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The purpose of this course is to allow the fourth year student to view health care delivery in the hospital as a system with an eye towards patient safety and improving the quality of care at the frontline. We anticipate that armed with some basic systems theory and quality improvement tools, students will be able to work in groups mentored by faculty to analyze clinical care from a systems perspective and make real improvements in our institution. Learning activities will include didactic sessions (ave 6 hours per week) in seminar and online formats, project work with a mentor, and opportunities to participate in committee work as appropriate. In addition students will have the chance to spend time in the clinical lab, pharmacy, and with nursing to gain a better understanding of the system of health care delivery (6 hours per week). In general the start of the course will have more didactic hours to lay foundation for project design and implementation. Mentor for project and adverse event review will meet with students at least twice a week plus as needed for actual project work. There is no specific overnight call and most work will occur during business hours. Students will have the opportunity to interact with several residents in their project work and also in the didactic sessions. Our Patient Safety Core Faculty will serve as key mentors for projects and participate in the didactic teaching.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Seminars and online work will include basics in systems theory, quality improvement, and industrial engineering techniques. Clinical processes that are analyzed will incorporate evidence based guidelines and metrics.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Student does complete key reading and online requirements, is present for teaching sessions, and maintains professionalism standards during peer review. Presentation of project is complete, organized and includes concise data summaries. In presentation student is able to show initiative and propose changes that are appropriate and feasible. Student works well with peers to achieve common goal and supports them in their work when needed. Honors: Student does complete key reading and online requirements, is present for teaching sessions, and maintains professionalism standards during peer review. Presentation of project is complete, organized and includes concise data summaries. Analysis and proposed changes are non-existent or superficial. Student works well with peers to achieve common goal. Satisfactory: Student does complete key reading and online requirements, is present for teaching sessions, and maintains professionalism standards during peer review. Presentation of project is completed, but is not organized and does not present data concisely. Analysis and proposed changes are non-existent or superficial. Student works well with peers to achieve common goal. Unsatisfactory: Student does not complete key reading and online requirements, is not present for teaching sessions, does not maintain professionalism standards during peer review, and/or does not work well with peers towards common goal.