USF Health Takes Part in Patient Safety Initiative

A nurse ensures a patient is stable as she tries to walk on crutches.

The Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida is one of ten institutions that has been selected by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to form its second cohort of a national learning collaborative focused on patient safety.

The Patient Safety Collaborative is part of a larger initiative called “Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments.” Over the course of 18 months, the goal will be to enhance this larger effort to promote improvement in clinical learning environments at ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions, of which USF Health is one.

The Patient Safety Collaborative follows a productive first iteration that continues at the same time. Teams selected are tasked with developing and testing a new model for helping resident and fellow physicians acquire the skills they need to engage in systems-based approaches to delivering safe, high-quality care throughout their careers.

The Pursuing Excellence initiative is comprised of three primary groups:

  • Pathway Innovators- made up of hospital and medical center executives and leaders of sponsoring institutions dedicated to changing the culture and clinical learning at healthcare organizations.
  • Pathway Leaders- focuses on six clinical learning environment components including patient safety, healthcare quality, care transitions, supervision, fatigue management and mitigation, and professionalism.
  • Pathway Learners- this group is dedicated to helping spread the adoption of innovations developed by the Pathway Innovators and Leaders groups. The Learners do this by providing feedback on how to integrate what the Innovators and Leaders create across large and vastly different clinical learning environments.

In all, 21 partner organizations are collaborating as part of this effort over a four-year timeline, meeting regularly to share progress and what each has learned.

“We are already seeing a national conversation sparked by the transformative work underway through Pursuing Excellence,” said ACGME Chief Sponsoring Institutions and Clinical Learning Environment Officer Kevin B. Weiss, MD in a statement on the ACGME website. “With this next Collaborative, the ACGME and its 21 partners in this initiative welcome new findings that will help to drive culture change within clinical learning environments.”

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