Patient Safety Course

Course Number: MEDE 7212
Clerkship Length: 2 weeks

Syllabus available in Canvas and eMedley

The third leading cause of death in the United States is medical error.  However, there is limited focus on patient safety in medical school curriculum and clinical experiences. The course addresses this urgent need while also supporting the University’s mission to create solutions for a healthier community by preparing providers and leaders of the future in the field of Patient Safety.

Certification in Patient Safety demonstrates personal and professional commitment to the patients and families that trust physicians to do no harm, while providing evidence-based care in a compassionate manner.  The innovative, unique approach reflected in this course is an example of transformed medical education.

Certification is awarded by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS).

The Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS™) credential represents a rigorous and comprehensive certification process that attests to patient safety competencies and expertise in safety science, human factors engineering, and the practice of safe care.

Achieving the credential provides medical students an important perspective, which supports their ability to provide quality, safe care.  It also demonstrates a high level of professionalism to clerkship and residency directors.

Patient Safety Course Coordinator:
Melaina Faulkner

TCOM Patient Safety

Academic Program Manager:
Julie Urrutic

Course Director:
Lillee Smith Gelinas, DNP, RN, CPPS, FAAN

Janet Lieto, DO, FACOFP, CMD, CPPS

Shane Fernando, PhD, MS, MBA, CPPS