Thursday, August 09, 2012

Disclosure training is not a fifty minute lecture

Head over to the Educate the Young blog written by David Mayer and friends for an important series of articles about disclosure of medical errors as part of a medical curriculum.  David created the first longitudinal medical school program in quality and safety at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.  He draws on that experience and more in this series, starting with a post entitled "Disclosure training is a process, not a fifty minute lecture."

He then proceeds to the first phase of the training, things covered in the first and second year of medical school.  This is followed with a discussion of the third year curriculum.  He promises that in the final post in the series:

I will share the final component – the capstone – of our four-year medical school curriculum on disclosure of medical errors. It is our belief that educating future physicians about the importance of open and honest communication when patient care causes unintentional harm is most certainly more than a 50 minute, one-time plenary.

What a model David sets forth! You see the rigor and thoughtfulness behind this, as well as the pedagogical excellence inherent in it.  It leaves you wondering why other medical schools have not done the same.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And then you become part of a "healthcare system". In medical school and residency we spoke of such topics as honor and duty and making the correct choies for the patient. Now we talk about money. And this from a highly successful (and wealthy) physician.