Patient Safety Curriculum


The University of Washington is committed to safety in patient care and quality improvement in our delivery of healthcare. A critical component of that commitment is resident training that fosters patient safety and education of our trainees in patient safety initiatives. Our program in OB/Gyn provides a formal and comprehensive curriculum in patient safety.

Program Goal

To provide residents with the opportunity to promote their understanding of patient safety and quality improvement as well as to refine their skills in this arena so that they may positively impact the current and future state of patient care.

Departmental Initiatives

The department has established a Patient Safety and Quality Committee. This committee strives to improve the safety and quality of healthcare that is provided by the department, in a cost-effective and evidence-based manner. The other mission of this committee is to facilitate the education of students, residents and faculty on patient safety. As part of these efforts, the department has developed a website to house current practice guidelines. This is password protected, but access is granted to all residents and faculty.

Patient Safety Curriculum

  • UW Medical Center-supported programs:
    • UW GME Safety Modules
    • Surgical Safety Checklist (Operating Rooms)
    • Electronic medical record patient hand-off system (CORES)
  • Departmental Programs for faculty, fellows, residents:
    • Grand Rounds
    • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
    • Patient Safety and QI Journal Club
  • Quality Improvement projects (by division)
    • Simulation Education: Training in Team Communication (Team STEPPS)
    • Medical Error Disclosure Training
    • Surgical simulation curriculum by level of training (OB and Gyn)
  • Patient Safety didactic lectures including training in patient hand-offs (Residents)
  • Gynecology Surgical Conference