Communication, professionalism and interpersonal relationships are very important in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. Favorable interactions are essential not only between members of the same department but also between members of all other departments involved in patient care. They also constitute the core competencies outlined by the ACGME. It is well known that lack of communication, professionalism or good interpersonal relationships can compromise patient care. Improving these can be directly linked to favorable patient care outcomes.
The General surgery residency program initiated a new Multi-departmental Mortality and Morbidity meeting curriculum in 2012. These meetings are conducted in conjunction with other Departments with whom we closely share patient care responsibilities. Mutual patients with less than satisfactory outcomes are selected to be presented at these meetings by residents of multiple departments. Discussions are held in a cordial environment on how to address the presented unfavorable outcomes. In addition, proactive approaches are also outlined on how to prevent unfavorable outcomes in the future.
The Departments involved in this curriculum till now include: a). General Surgery, b). Anesthesia, c). Internal Medicine, d). Family Medicine, e). Emergency Medicine and f). Radiology. Due to the positive response from all Departments and the noted benefits, this curriculum is now an integral part of our educational activities.