Background: The World Health Organization (WHO) developed the
surgical safety checklist as the key component of the Second Global Patient
Safety Challenge. We sought to increase the exposure and familiarity of
third year medical students to this tool through educational modules and
reflective evaluation of their experiences.
Methods: The students completed a five-question pretest
assessing their comfort and familiarity with surgical safety checklists.
Students completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Modules
PS100, PS101, and PS102. At the end of the clerkship, the students
completed a posttest assessing comfort and familiarity with the
checklist. Students also debriefed their checklist experiences with the
Results: There were 81 participants. After the clerkship,
87% were familiar with the surgical safety checklist compared to 21% in the
pretest group. Only 51% of students had seen the checklist prevent harm
or improve readiness compared to 97% after the supplement. 84% of
students felt comfortable performing a timeout compared to 34% pretest.
97% felt they understood human factors in patient safety compared to 61%
Discussions: Following exposure to this curriculum supplement, our
students report being more comfortable using a surgical checklist. We
anticipate they will have more familiarity with patient safety concepts during
Keywords: Patient Safety/Medical Errors