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Ophthalmic Resident Education on Preventable Surgical Errors

Allison J. Chen, BA1,2,3; Jimmy J. Chan, BS2,3; Ingrid U. Scott, MD, MPH4; Paul B. Greenberg, MD2,3
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1Program in Liberal Medical Education, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
2Section of Ophthalmology, Providence VA Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island
3Division of Ophthalmology, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
4Departments of Ophthalmology and Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013;131(9):1238-1240. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.1691.
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An important objective of ophthalmic graduate medical education (GME) is to provide surgical training to residents so they are competent to enter comprehensive ophthalmic practice.1 Training to reduce the risk of surgical errors is central to this objective. Errors involving the wrong patient, wrong site, or wrong procedure can have devastating consequences2,3 and are largely preventable by adherence to specific protocols.4,5 Hence, the importance of training in the prevention of surgical errors is to inculcate a culture of safety in ophthalmology practice.

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