Medical Council of Canada

Research in Clinical Assessment grant recipient (2012-2013) – Patti McCarthy

Research in Clinical Assessment grant recipient (2012-2013) – Patti McCarthy

Research in Clinical Assessment grant recipient (2012-2013) – Patti McCarthy

Feasibility and pyschometric properties associated with a 360° process to assess medical trainees’ patient safety skills: a pilot study.


McCarthy, P.


Since Hippocrates first enunciated the admonition of “first do no harm” over two millennia ago, patient safety has become a central tenet of medical education and practice. However, this principal was relatively easy to enforce given the limited amount of medical interventions, primitive medical knowledge, and a less complex health care system. Since then, advances in medical sciences have lead to the development of innovative and sophisticated clinical procedures and treatment modalities. However, as with any medical improvement, such advances are often associated with an inherent potential for technical mishaps, human errors and systematic failures that can potentially cause harm to a patient. Hence, the work environment of today’s health care provider has become significantly complex and demanding. In addition, patients are becoming more involved in their healthcare and more educated about individual and global healthcare concerns. The shift in the landscape of our healthcare has called for a parallel shift in how medical learners are educated and assessed in the area of patient safety. Assessment is particularly important in ensuring that future physicians are competent for provision of safe, quality patient care.

The proposed PhD project involves a three-phase mixed method study; with phase one already complete. The goal is to develop a valid and reliable multisource feedback (MSF)/360° assessment tool that functions to provide an interprofessional perspective on medical trainees’ patient safety skill level in the workplace. This study has potential to alleviate the number of adverse events within our healthcare by enhancing the patient safety skill level of our future physicians. Skills/best practices associated with the provision of high quality, safe care by physicians will be formatively assessed and used to direct improvement through continuing medical education initiatives