A patient safety education program in a medical physics residency

Eric C. Ford, Matthew Nyflot, Matthew B. Spraker, Gabrielle Kane, Kristi R.G. Hendrickson

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Abstract

Education in patient safety and quality of care is a requirement for radiation oncology residency programs according to accrediting agencies. However, recent surveys indicate that most programs lack a formal program to support this learning. The aim of this report was to address this gap and share experiences with a structured educational program on quality and safety designed specifically for medical physics therapy residencies. Five key topic areas were identified, drawn from published recommendations on safety and quality. A didactic component was developed, which includes an extensive reading list supported by a series of lectures. This was coupled with practice-based learning which includes one project, for example, failure modes and effect analysis exercise, and also continued participation in the departmental incident learning system including a root-cause analysis exercise. Performance was evaluated through quizzes, presentations, and reports. Over the period of 2014-2016, five medical physics residents successfully completed the program. Evaluations indicated that the residents had a positive experience. In addition to educating physics residents this program may be adapted for medical physics graduate programs or certificate programs, radiation oncology residencies, or as a self-directed educational project for practicing physicists. Future directions might include a system that coordinates between medical training centers such as a resident exchange program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of applied clinical medical physics
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Education
  • Patient safety
  • Residency program
  • Self-directed educational programs (SDEP)

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