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September 17 is World Patient Safety Day.

On World Patient Safety Day, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) invites everyone – patients, families, health professionals – to learn about how to protect patients and serve as an advocate for those receiving medical care. The Annual World Patient Safety Day is celebrated globally to reiterate the importance of healthcare safety and quality.

It is a good day to recall the enormous energy PSMF’s Patient Safety Curriculum Workgroup devoted to developing a core curriculum that can be applied across all health professions. I and Dr. Peggy Shoemaker had the honor of serving as workgroup co-chairs and are proud of the curriculum, which emphasizes the following elements:

  • Ownership of patient safety and quality embedded within the professional identity formation for all health caregivers
  • Core curriculum common to all health professions that includes
    • Leadership training
    • Interprofessional team-based models
    • Definition of competencies to be achieved, outcomes to be assessed and milestones to be identified for each stage of one’s professional career (undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education and unsupervised practice, across all professions)
    • Focusing beyond care of the individual patient to address systems of care

I urge healthcare professionals everywhere to observe World Patient Safety Day by participating in PSMF’s “Unite for Safe Care” (#uniteforsafecare) event and downloading the free Patient Safety Curriculum.

- Steven J. Scheinman, MD
President and Dean, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Geisinger


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Steven J. Scheinman, MD
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
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