Expert Team Defines Ideal Clinical Setting - For Patient Safety and Medical Residents' Training

Conference on redsigning medical resident and student work to improve patient safety and physician learning

In 2003, the Association of American Medical Colleges convened a multidisciplinary team of health care experts to create a framework for redesigning the clinical settings in which medical students and residents learn.

Key Results

  • The meeting, which took place on February 2, 2003 in Boston, brought together a multidisciplinary team of 20 experts, including physicians, nurses, a pharmacist, a patient, a medical student, a surgical resident, program directors and a department chair.

    The team defined principles and components of an idealized patient care setting that would tightly couple patient care with medical education.
  • The project director also visited four health systems (in Michigan, Minnesota Pennsylvania and Tennessee) that the team had identified as "exemplary," to observe some of the identified principles and components in action.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $21,786.

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