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New Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative

Informational Webinar 

On May 1, 2019, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central, the CLER Program will host an informational webinar about the new Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative. Attendees will hear a 30-minute presentation about the Collaborative and have an opportunity to ask questions in real time.

The ACGME is seeking up to 15 ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions to participate in the 18-month Collaborative. Teams selected to participate will develop and test a new model for equipping resident and fellow physicians with the skills they need to engage in systems-based approaches to delivering safe, high-quality care throughout their careers.

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Highlights from Pathway Leaders Learning Session 2 at the ACGME
Highlights from Patient Safety Leaders Learning Session 3 at the ACGME

Pathway Leaders Update — Patient Safety in the Clinical Learning Environment (CLE)

The Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative met at the ACGME&'s offices November 14-16, 2018, for its third and final Learning Session. The goal of the Collaborative is to contribute to individual and collective learning by developing a framework and plan for engaging all residents and fellows in patient safety during their first 12 months of clinical education and training.

This final Learning Session focused on sustainability. In particular, Collaborative members discussed how clinical learning environment leaders can "pull" learners into their operations, seeing residents and fellows as a valuable asset. Teams indicated the key to this shift is creating a partnership between patient safety and graduate medical education leaders.

All teams also reported on the progress of their common goal to have 100 percent of their current first-year residents and fellows complete a real patient safety event analysis. While one team reached 100 percent, the others had engaged between less than one and 50 percent of residents and fellows, with six months left to achieve this goal.

In reporting their progress, teams had the opportunity to share and reflect on their individual challenges in engaging residents and fellows in patient safety event analysis at their institutions. They identified the elimination of organizational silos, alignment with institutional goals to sustain a clinical learning environment "pull" system, and learner metrics as steps needed to achieve a culture of safety.

In a presentation on measurement, Rachel Kelz, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania challenged teams to be creative in their approach to measuring patient safety success. "The return on the investment does not always have to be dollars," she explained.

Overall, collaborative teams reported their experience had provided them with an enhanced understanding of the value of partnerships and shared learning. One of the biggest challenges teams have faced is the need to develop intentional partnerships outside of organizational silos. Teams are finding that these partnerships can make or break the success of any patient safety program.

Members of the Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative will share lessons learned from their journey during a Sunset Session on Friday, March 8 at the 2019 ACGME Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.

ACGME Chooses Pathway Leaders for Quality Improvement in Health Care Disparities Collaborative

The Pursuing Excellence initiative is pleased to announce the newest Pathway Leaders who will form the Quality Improvement in Health Care Disparities Collaborative.

The nine Sponsoring Institutions chosen are:

  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
  • Citrus Health Network, Inc. (Hialeah, Florida)
  • HealthPartners Institute (Bloomington, Minnesota)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, New York)
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California (Oakland, California)
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (Newark, New Jersey)
  • Ohio State University Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)
  • University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • VA Caribbean Healthcare System (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

The launch of this Collaborative marks the third learning community in the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative.

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Pathway Leaders Update — Patient Safety in the Clinical Learning Environment (CLE)

The Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative met at the ACGME offices May 7-9, 2018 for its second Learning Session. This Collaborative’s goal is to contribute to individual and collective learning by developing a framework and plan for engaging all residents and fellows in patient safety during their first 12 months of clinical training.

The Collaborative’s second Learning Session focused on engaging learners in patient safety event analysis. The session began with all teams presenting a storyboard describing a small authentic event analysis process they are testing. Storyboards included each team’s planned criteria, improvements, assessment of learners, transmission of results to the patient safety office, and implementation timeline. Teams provided input to each other’s storyboards and made adjustments according to the feedback they received.

Key themes that emerged from the session included: patient safety recognition and reporting; partnership with the patient safety office; recognizing the CLE safety culture; and assessment of learner experience.

Teams discussed how engaging residents in small patient safety event analysis early in their educational programs can inspire them to take part in a culture of reporting patient safety events, including close calls, because they understand the value of reporting as part of the CLE’s quality improvement efforts.

By partnering with their institution’s patient safety event office to examine institutional stakeholders and underutilized resources, teams were able to leverage patient safety and graduate medical education expertise to develop comprehensive plans aligned with their organization’s needs.

The Collaborative will meet again in November 2018.

Pathway Innovators Update — Interprofessional Clinical Learning Environment at Learning Session 6

On May 22-24, 2018, the Pathway Innovators—one of several Collaboratives formed as part of the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environment initiative—had their sixth Learning Session at Maine Medical Center in Portland. The Innovators are wrapping up Year 2 of their four-year journey to promote transformative improvement in the CLEs of ACGME-accredited institutions.

The Innovators brainstormed how to build the capacity to position graduate medical education to be viewed as a strategic asset—understanding that transformational change in the CLE will require partnership between graduate medical education and CLE leaders. They also focused on how to maximize shared learning with coordinated educational resources across health professions. In particular, the teams reviewed lessons learned from Maine Medical Center’s iPace unit, a small interprofessional unit built from the ground up.

The Pursuing Excellence Innovators meet in September, January, and May of each year. Find out more at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference in March 2019.

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Morgan Passiment
Director of Institutional Outreach and Collaboration
Phone: 312.755.5012

Patrick Guthrie
Program Coordinator, Institutional Outreach and Collaboration
Phone: 312.755.7468

E-mail: PEI@acgme.org


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