Fellow-led SICU morbidity and mortality conferences address patient safety, quality improvement, interprofessional cooperation and ACGME milestones

Noah Weingarten*, Nabil Issa, Joseph Posluszny

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background: Morbidity and mortality conferences (MMCs) promote patient safety, spur quality improvement (QI) projects, and enhance interprofessional cooperation. The use of MMCs to address the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME's) six core competencies and specialty-specific milestones for surgical critical care (SCC) fellows has yet to be explored. Methods: We developed a monthly, interprofessional, case-based MMC program managed by SCC fellows. We assessed participants’ experiences through post-conference surveys and semi-structured interviews. Results: After nine conferences, 95.1% of participants (n = 143) agree or strongly agree that the MMC improved their knowledge and clinical assessment skills. The MMC spurred two QI projects, increased interprofessional cooperation, and addressed all six ACGME core competencies and 16 specialty-specific milestones. Conclusions: Interprofessional, case-based MMCs are an effective educational tool for SCC fellowship programs. They promote patient safety, QI, and interprofessional cooperation, and address ACGME core competencies and specialty-specific milestones for SCC fellows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-315
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume219
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Fellowship
  • M&M conference
  • Milestones
  • SICU

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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