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Philip Boysen, MD, MBA
On Aug. 7, Boysen addressed this question before invited guests and the news media at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. This was prompted by an article he coauthored for the September issue of Health Affairs with Dr. Darrell Kirch, AAMC president and CEO.
The article explores five factors critical to the success of transforming the culture for patient safety: (1) leadership from the top; (2) early engagement of health professions students; (3) having residents teach others – students, junior residents, faculty – about patient safety; (4) use of health information technology; (5) promoting teamwork among health professionals.
Boysen and Kirch also reflect on one real-world example where these factors came together to advance culture change: the GME program at UNC School of Medicine.