Generating a Future Vision of Patient Safety: A Pilot Program to Test the Integration of Certified Professional in Patient Safety Curriculum into Undergraduate Medical Education




Gelinas, Lillee S.
Reynolds, Conner D.
Lindsley, Joshua
Lieto, Janet


0000-0001-8850-6329 (Gelinas, Lillee S.)

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Sage Publications


Preventable healthcare-associated harm results in significant morbidity and mortality in the United States, costing nearly 400 000 patient lives annually. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement provides high-quality educational resources tailored for working healthcare professionals. One such resource is the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) review course, which equips professionals with advanced proficiency in 5 core patient safety domains. The CPPS certification is the only interprofessional, patient safety science credential recognized worldwide. In 2010, the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation described the critical need for medical students to participate in patient safety solutions as well. However, equivalent patient safety credentialing remains challenging for students in the preclinical and clinical stages of training to obtain. To address this growing dilemma, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) piloted the first-of-its-kind CPPS course with 10 medical students to test a novel, academic-level approach to patient safety curriculum. Medical students showed large gains in performance on the post-test (83.18% +/- 26.12%) compared to the pre-test (46.46% +/- 27.18%) (P < .001, eta(2) p = .368), representing increased knowledge across all learning domains. On the national certification examination, students had a 90% first-time pass rate, exceeding the current national average of 70% for first-time examinees. In satisfaction surveys, students expressed the value of pilot curriculum for their medical training, the importance of similar Patient Safety Education and CPPS certification for all medical students, their confidence as future healthcare change agents. Content analysis of open response questions revealed 3 key areas of strength and opportunity for guiding future iterations of the course. This pilot generates a future vision of patient safety, equipping students with critical knowledge to systematically improve healthcare quality.



Gelinas, L. S., Reynolds, C. D., Lindsley, J., & Lieto, J. (2021). Generating a Future Vision of Patient Safety: A Pilot Program to Test the Integration of Certified Professional in Patient Safety™ Curriculum into Undergraduate Medical Education. Journal of medical education and curricular development, 8, 23821205211025854.


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