Posted: May 31, 2017

Teaching Medical Students to Recognize and Report Errors


An educational intervention utilizing an online error reporting exercise, allowed medical students to identify, categorize and report near miss and adverse events. Students also suggested actions for error prevention and improving healthcare systems. Background: Medical errors are considered the third leading cause of death in the US. There is little information regarding medical students' involvement in reporting errors. We surveyed students on the Internal Medicine (IM) clerkship to determine if they had ever reported an error. No student had ever reported an adverse event (AE) or near miss (NM) event. To fill this gap, we developed a curriculum on medical errors and the importance of reporting both NM and AE.


Medical Error, Reporting, Adverse Event


Syed Umer Mohsin, MD, MPH, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Yahya Ibrahim, MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Diane Levine, MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine