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I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: Faculty Development Resources

Published: September 12, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9540

Included in this publication:

  • Instructor's Guide.doc
  • Curricular Goals and Objectives for Faculty.docx
  • Faculty Champions Guide.doc
  • Faculty Development Participant Evaluation Form.doc
  • Faculty Development Presentation Slides.pptx
  • Faculty Development Computer Module, Offline Version Folder
  • Faculty Development Videos & Sounds Folder
  • Faculty Video and Printed Tool Simulation Handouts Folder

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Communication failure is the leading root cause of sentinel events in hospitals. The increase in the number of handoffs related to new duty-hour standards in teaching hospitals creates additional opportunities for communication failure. The lack of standardized handoff processes in North American teaching hospitals prompted the I-PASS Study Group to create this curriculum as the educational intervention in a multi-site research study aimed at reducing medical errors and standardizing the handoff process in 10 pediatric residency programs across North America. The I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: Faculty Development Resources is one of six resources which are part of the I-PASS Handoff Curriculum Collection, created by a group of pediatric educators, health services researchers, and hospitalists to teach a standardized approach to handoffs in inpatient settings. This collection is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and consensus-driven suite of educational materials created for a multisite study that includes the following complementary components: the Core Resident Workshop, Handoff Simulation Exercises, Computer Module, the Campaign Toolkit, and Faculty Observation Tools. The Faculty Development Resources collection contains all of the necessary materials that an institution, division, or training program will need to educate and train faculty and Chief Resident champions for implementation of the I-PASS Handoff Program at their site. Also included in Faculty Development Resources is an interactive Faculty Development Presentation which features a series of simulation videos that allow faculty the opportunity to practice observing and evaluating handoffs. Speaker notes are provided to assist presenters. In addition, within the Faculty Development Resources, there are comprehensive instructions on how to use the Faculty Observation Tools to provide effective learner feedback.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles faculty can play in the implementation of the I-PASS Handoff Curriculum.
  2. Report the elements of the I-PASS handoff bundle.
  3. Summarize the elements and organization of the Core Resident Workshop and Handoff Simulation Exercises.
  4. Articulate the ways in which faculty can effectively observe resident handoffs and provide feedback.
  5. Demonstrate competent use of the Faculty Observation Tools.

Author Information

Jennifer O'Toole, MD, MEd: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Theodore Sectish, MD: Boston Children's Hospital

Amy J. Starmer, MD, MPH: Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Glenn Rosenbluth, MD: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Daniel West, MD: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH: Boston Children's Hospital

April D. Allen, MA, BA: Boston Children's Hospital

Elizabeth Noble: Boston Children's Hospital

Rajendu Srivastava, MD, MPH: Primary Children's Medical Center

Lisa L. Tse, BS: Boston Children's Hospital

Jennifer Hepps, MD: National Capital Consortium

Joseph Lopreiato, MD: Uniformed Services University

Sharon Calaman, MD: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Clifton E. Yu, MD: National Capital Consortium

Nancy Dollase Spector, MD: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

I-PASS Education Executive Committee

Drs. Landrigan and Srivastava are supported in part by the Child Health Corporation of America for their work on the PRIS Research Network Executive Council. Dr Starmer is supported in part by an institutional K12 award from Oregon Health and Science University and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, grant 1K12HS019456-01. This work was developed with input from the IIPE and the PRIS Network.

This educational module was supported by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (# 1R18AE000023-01), in addition to an in-kind sponsorship from both the Initiative for Innovation in Pediatric Education (IIPE) and Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS).


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O'Toole J, Sectish T, Starmer A, et al. I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: faculty development resources. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9540. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9540