Safe Transitions for Every Patient (STEP): A Resource Guide for Community Preceptors

Publication ID Published Version
9225 August 24, 2012 1
Medical College of Wisconsin


The primary goal of this material is to both prepare and support community preceptors engaged in undergraduate and graduate medical education, to enhance communication and care-transition information. Care transitions are a key component of good patient care and poor communication is known to be a major contributor to patient harm. This information is designed to enhance teaching in these critical areas.

This instructional product contains an instructional guide, a powerpoint orientation to care transition curricula and a toolkit of written materials to remain at the community preceptors' office and used as a resource for practical prompts and teaching when medical students are present. Materials include a case analysis form, a patient interview form and a consultation/referral request form.


Young S, Zikos A, Morzinski J, Meurer L. Safe Transitions for Every Patient (STEP): A Resource Guide for Community Preceptors . MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from:​publication/​9225​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.9225

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to define Transition(s) of Care.
  2. To list major components of safe transitions.
  3. To describe crucial role that effective transitions have on safe and high quality patient care.
  4. To use the PRIMARY mnemonic to systematically prepare and convey a patient transition to a colleague.
  5. To identify > 1 thing you as a student/resident can to enhance effective care transitions.


  • Handoffs, Care Transitions, Critical Incidents, Patient Safety (MeSH)


  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Professionalism
  • Quality Improvement

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences

Intended Audience

  • Professional & Faculty Development
  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident


  • Presentation
  • Reference

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