“Focus on Patient Safety” program opened by Bavarian Minister of State Bernd Sibler

The Bavarian Minister of State for Science and Art, Bernd Sibler, has opened the part-time certificate program “Focus on Patient Safety” at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). For the first-time implementation of the program, he welcomed the participants from various hospitals and the outpatient care sector at the festive kick-off event, who will continue their education in the field of patient safety until the end of January 2022.

The advanced training was developed in a partnership between the TUM, the University Hospital rechts der Isar of TUM, the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Straubing and Lufthansa Aviation Training. The Ministry of Science and Art supports and sponsors the program.

The certificate course, which is offered at the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning of the Technical University of Munich, trains specialists and managers in the anticipatory handling of risks and thus aims to increase patient safety in German medical facilities.

Our speakers (from left to right): Martin Egerth, Process Manager Beyond Aviation at Lufthansa Aviation Training, Prof. Dr. Pascal O. Berberat, Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Medicine at TUM, Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts, Dr. Martin Siess, Medical Director of the University Hospital rechts der Isar, Dr. Christoph Scheu, Managing Director of the St. Elisabeth Clinic in Straubing, Markus Pannermayr, Mayor of the City of Straubing.

Complexity of medical processes increases

As the speakers emphasized at the opening ceremony at the Munich campus, this is becoming relevant, among other things, due to the increasing complexity of medical processes and technical innovations – not least intensified by the Corona crisis. The role model here are high-reliability organizations such as aviation, whose concepts from the field of “human factors training” are made tangible and transferred to healthcare.

“Those involved at TUM, Klinikum rechts der Isar and Klinikum St. Elisabeth Straubing, in cooperation with Lufthansa Aviation Training, have developed an exciting continuing education concept that transcends disciplines and even sectors,” said Bernd Sibler in his opening speech. “Aviation and clinical practice are linked by an important approach: error prevention is vital in both areas. Due to the advancing digitalization in medicine and increasingly complex treatment processes, the topic of patient safety is becoming more and more important in our clinics. The interdisciplinary partnership of medicine, research and business promises innovative and dynamic strategies for dealing responsibly with the risks of modern medicine.”

State minister Bernd Sibler during his welcome speech

Course dates for 2022/2023 already being planned

Among other things, the experienced speakers from medicine, aviation and science will present innovative and successful concepts from aviation “human factors training” and transfer them to clinically relevant situations. In simulation training sessions, participants practice how good communication can succeed even under difficult conditions and how teams can still work together constructively. The inter-professional certificate program is aimed at healthcare professionals and managers. Course dates for 2022/23 are already being planned.

Further information can be found on the program website.

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