Stony Brook University Uses AHRQ’s TeamSTEPPS®, Other AHRQ Tools for Physician Assistant Program
Stony Brook University’s Health Sciences Center in New York uses three of AHRQ’s evidence-based products and data resources to train graduate-level physician assistants, including:
- TeamSTEPPS® patient safety training program that encourages teamwork among health professionals to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes.
- Effective Health Care Program (EHC) publications, which summarize the benefits and risks of treatment options for numerous health conditions.
- Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Briefs, descriptive reports that highlight hospital data related to a variety of health care issues.
“The [AHRQ] information is very practical and useful information for our students,” said Peter D. Kuemmel, M.S., clinical associate professor and chair of Stony Brook’s Department of Physician Assistant Education.
TeamSTEPPS, an evidence-based patient safety system developed by AHRQ and the Department of Defense, is used by Stony Brook as part of an interdisciplinary geriatrics course. About 70 students take the course each year, learning TeamSTEPPS principles such as situation monitoring, empowering medical staff to express concerns about a patient’s care, and periodic “huddles” to discuss a patient’s condition.
“TeamSTEPPS opened the students’ eyes” to the importance of practicing team-based care and recognizing the importance of good communication, Mr. Kuemmel said.
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