Korean Med Educ Rev.  2019 Oct;21(3):143-149. 10.17496/kmer.2019.21.3.143.

Current Practices and Future Directions in Patient Safety Education and Curriculum in Medical Schools

  • 1Asian Institute for Bioethics and Health Law, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Graduate School of Public Heath, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Division of Medical Law and Bioethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. syoonkim@yuhs.ac


In 2018, The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced its first comprehensive plan for patient safety, which included the imperative to develop a patient safety curriculum for students studying to become health professionals. The aim of this study is to assess current patient safety education and points of consideration for introducing new curriculum. An online survey was used to understand the status of patient safety education in medical schools, and key informant interviews and focus group interviews were used to collect qualitative data on the experience of patient safety education. The results of the online survey from 16 out of 40 medical schools (40% response rate) and the qualitative data analysis were integrated and analyzed. Twelve schools (75%) had established courses related to patient safety. The qualitative responses suggest that patient safety education is appropriate both before and after clinical training through a variety of educational methods, and that the topics should be linked with clinical training. The challenge of securing lecture time to address patient safety was mentioned as a realistic obstacle. When patient safety education is integrated in future curriculum, it is necessary to consider it as a priority. Moreover, in the early stages of introducing patient safety education, a step-by-step, policy-based approach is required for seamless adoption and settlement.


Curriculum; Education; Medical schools; Patient safety; Republic of Korea

MeSH Terms

Focus Groups
Health Occupations
Patient Safety*
Republic of Korea
Schools, Medical*
Statistics as Topic
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