Patient Safety Course Brings Students Together
By UM News

Patient Safety Course Brings Students Together
By UM News
Annual patient safety course brings nursing and medical students together.

The School of Nursing and Health Studies once again welcomed University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students to the Gables campus for the Interprofessional Education Summer Patient Safety Course.

In what has become an annual gathering, for five days beginning Monday, June 15, second-semester accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and third-year medical students came together for valuable lessons about how to work as a team to improve patient safety outcomes, as they alternated between the Gables campus and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM), the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, and the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety (UM/JMH CPS).

On Wednesday, healthcare met the humanities as the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) welcomed the students to the Gables campus for a day full of activities.

At the Lowe Art Museum, combined teams of nursing and medical students experienced “The Fine Art of Healthcare,” followed by a visit to the SONHS International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research, where the future nurses and physicians collaborated on simulated real-life clinical scenarios to ensure the best patient safety outcomes.

The day closed at the College of Arts and Sciences’ Cox Science Center, with a lecture on the importance of teamwork to ensure the best patient experiences from Dr. David Birnbach, UMMSM Vice-Provost, Professor and UM/JMH CPS Director. Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg, who also addressed the students, compared the string quartet playing in perfect harmony to the experience of a well-orchestrated interprofessional healthcare team working to help a patient in distress.

The course is a true partnership experience, designed and implemented collaboratively by SONHS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Dr. Mary Mckay and Dr. Birnbach, in close collaboration with the JMH CPS, and other SONHS, UMMSM, Frost School and College of Arts and Sciences faculty. It represents the University of Miami’s educational leadership in complying with national mandates for health professions educators to instill in all students the tools for interprofessional collaboration.