September Spotlight

Riverside Methodist Hospital/OhioHealth Foundation
Project Title: Teaching Disclosure: A Patient-Centered Simulation Training for the Crucial Conversation
Principal Investigator: Sara Sukalich, MD

Always Events: Following a medical error, physicians will always provide an explanation to the patient and family regarding what happened, potential implications or consequences of error, a commitment to investigate what went wrong, feedback regarding the findings of the investigation, and an apology or expression of regret.

Dr. Sara Sukalich of Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, describes the Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grant Program that is being implementing to educate medical residents about disclosing medical error to patients and their families.

Project Overview: This project will attempt to close the gap by providing a robust training and competency assessment for medical residents on how to disclose medical errors and improve communication skills, using the National Quality Forum’s guidelines. Subjects for this project will be PGY 1 residents in multiple disciplines training at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Training will include didactic sessions, standardized patient encounters involving disclosure of medical error, and debriefing sessions following the encounter to provide formative feedback and performance evaluation. The goal of this project is to ensure that the skills needed to provide full disclosure of medical errors are taught to trainees, and assessment of trainees’ competence in these skills is evaluated.


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