Patient safety: a curriculum for teaching patient safety in emergency medicine

Acad Emerg Med. 2003 Jan;10(1):69-78. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2003.tb01981.x.


The last decade has witnessed a growing awareness of medical error and the inadequacies of our health care delivery systems. The Harvard Practice Study and subsequent Institute of Medicine Reports brought national attention to long-overlooked problems with health care quality and patient safety. The Committee on Quality of Health Care in America challenged professional societies to develop curriculums on patient safety and adopt patient safety teaching into their training and certification requirements. The Patient Safety Task Force of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) was charged with that mission. The curriculum presented here offers an approach to teaching patient safety in emergency medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Safety