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W21C Patient Safety Podcast

This podcast is about patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare, and is produced with the support of W21C - a research and innovation centre in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. Please visit and to reach us. Email

Oct 11, 2013

In this episode Dr Ghazwan Altabbaa suggests that medical students and residents are frontline healthcare providers and that not enough has been done to teach them about patient safety. 

After listening to this podcast, listeners will: 
  • Understand the inconsistencies in the teaching of patient safety to Canada‚Äôs medical students and residents. 
  • Recognize High-Fidelity Human Patient Simulation as an effective teaching modality for medical residents because it addresses patient safety on multiple levels: medical knowledge, crisis resource management, and team dynamic skills.
  • Understand that cognitive biases can lead clinicians down the wrong path when it comes to diagnosis. Using simulation, learners can explore those biases and learn from others during the debriefing phase of the learning process.

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