Teaching medication reconciliation through simulation: A patient safety initiative for second year medical students

Lee A. Lindquist, Kristine M. Gleason, Molly R. McDaniel, Allan Doeksen, David Liss

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INTRODUCTION: Errors in medication reconciliation constitute a large area of potential injury to patients. Medication reconciliation is rarely incorporated into medical school curriculums so students learn primarily from observing clinical care. AIM: To design and implement an interactive learning exercise to teach second year medical students about medication reconciliation SETTING: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Medication Reconciliation Simulation teaches medical students how to elicit information from active real-world sources to reconcile a medication history. PROGRAM EVALUATION: At the conclusion of the session, students completed a Likert scale survey rating the level of improvement in their knowledge and comfort in obtaining medication histories. Students rated their knowledge level as having increased by 27% and their comfort level as having increased by 20%. A full 91% of the 158 students felt that it should be performed again for the following medical student class. DISCUSSION: The Medication Reconciliation Simulation is the first to specifically target medication reconciliation as a curriculum topic for medical students. Students praised the entertaining simulation and felt it provided a very meaningful experience on the patient safety topic. This simulation is generalizable to other institutions interested in teaching medication reconciliation and improving medication safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)998-1001
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Medical school curriculums
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Third year medical students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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