Patient safety: time for a transformational change in medical education

William B Runciman
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03728.x
Published online: 5 July 2010

A major change in medical teaching practices is needed to improve patient safety

The Lucien Leape Institute, in Boston, USA, was formed in 2007 to provide a strategic vision for improving patient safety, and is composed of national “thought leaders” ( The Institute has produced a report on the urgent need to reform medical education,1 and states that many believe we are at a transformational moment similar to that which led to the profound changes in medical education following the release of the Flexner report in the United States 100 years ago.2

  • William B Runciman

  • School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.


NHMRC New Program Grant 568612.

Competing interests:

I provide general advice on patient safety to the iSOFT Group.


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