Teaching Patient Safety in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum
World Health Organization
Dr Rona Patey, Clinical Skills Centre† firstname.lastname@example.org ; Rhona Flin, Jen Cleland, Sarah Ross, Alan Thomson, Jeanette Jackson
Following the award of funding from the NPSA, a new course on patient safety which focuses on dealing with error, was designed for the 5th year undergraduate medical curriculum. Consisting of two half day sessions, this module was first introduced to Aberdeen University Medical School in 2005/06. It examines not only the causes and consequences of medical error but techniques for dealing with errors in health care made by self or others. Pre and post course evaluation questionnaires are used to track studentsí knowledge, attitudes and behaviours relating to patient safety. (Patey et al, 2007)
Studies have also been conducted on first year medical students' knowledge of and attitude to patient safety. (Flin et al, 2008)
In 2009, Dr Patey et al were awarded funding from the WHO to evaluate the introduction of the new WHO patient safety curriculum for medical students at eight medical schools from different countries.