Patient Safety & High Value Care


We hope that you will see safe, high value care modeled during your time on the medicine clerkship. There are a few formal activities you can participate in listed below. If you see a potentially unsafe practice or even a “near miss”, you are expected to complete a patient safety report (PSR) which you can do anonymously on EPIC. We also provide examples of many optional activities you can try to improve your skills in patient safety and HVC.

Teaching Activities

Patient safety: Morbidity and Mortality conference occurs once a month at UF Shands. The VA and UF Jacksonville host patient safety rounds. YOu are invited to all of these activities.

High value care: You have access to the entire Aquifer high value care curriculum You are required to complete cases 1 and 5.


We will track the Aquifer HVC cases you complete for you. You do not need to turn in any additional proof of completion.


“To Err is Human”, report from the Institute of Medicine

This is a brief summary of the seminal report that drew the public’s attention to the issue of medical errors and consequently has driven the medical community to take more aggressive action to address this problem.

VA National Center for Patient Safety

This site gives a brief overview of root cause analysis.

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Atul Gawande, M.D. 2003, Picador, 288 pages.

This is an excellent, highly readable book written by Dr. Gawande when he was a surgical resident. He addresses many types of errors through the use of compelling stories. This was a NY Times notable book.