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UTHSC LAUNCHES PATIENT SAFETY/QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CURRICULUM
Memphis, Tennessee (May 6, 2005) – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine is launching a new curriculum offering entitled, “Patient Safety and Quality Improvement” clerkship and making it a requirement for the class of 2006.
was among a charter group of schools that formed a collaborative through the
support of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Association of
American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical
Education. Starting with meetings on May 4 and 5, nursing and pharmacy schools
nationally are joining medical schools to address IHI’s
mission to incorporate quality principles espoused by the
“This initiative will ensure that our graduates can take a leadership role in improving the quality of patient care in the communities in which they practice,” said Henry Herrod, MD, dean of the UT College of Medicine. “We want our students to have the tools to more systematically improve the quality of care they will provide for their patients when they become practitioners.”
D. Peppler, PhD, associate dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs in the
On April 20,
students received instruction on making the case for quality: quality in action,
the role of physicians in quality improvement, the basics of how to do quality
improvement, and examples of quality improvement projects. The quality
principles focus on: safety, timeliness, efficient care, effective care,
equitable care, and patient-centered care.
Students can either choose to join a patient safety or quality
improvement project already underway in the
clerkship are Joe Duhig, who
joined the University Medical Center Alliance from the world renowned Juran Institute; David Schlappy,
vice president for Quality Management at Le Bonheur
Dr. Lohr commented, “This clerkship is evidence of the importance UTHSC leaders and faculty place on the quality of healthcare we provide our patients. What is especially exciting is that healthcare professionals from most of the major medical research hospitals in the state have volunteered their time as coaches and teammates for this innovative initiative. This is a true inter-professional effort among UTHSC, Methodist University Hospital, the Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED), HealthLoop, LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Veterans Affairs Medical Center—all in Memphis—and the UT Medical Center at Knoxville and Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga.”
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