UK College of Medicine recognized as member of ACGME Patient Safety Collaborative

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) selected the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as one of nine Pathway Leaders. These Pathway Leaders will serve as the inaugural members of the Patient Safety Collaborative – an effort focused on creating and testing a framework for residents and fellows to engage with their learning environments in promoting a culture of safety.

“This is an incredible opportunity for UK to engage with our ACGME peers to analyze and improve the way we integrate trainees into patient safety efforts and as a result, enhance the learning environment,” said Katherine McKinney, MD, MS, and associate dean for graduate medical education.

The ACGME, a private, not-for-profit accrediting body of more than 10,700 residency and fellowship programs, identified opportunities and developed a plan in response to the rapidly evolving health care environment. With a focus on six areas – patent safety, health care quality, care transitions, supervision, fatigue management and mitigation, and professionalism, the ACGME launched Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program. The UK College of Medicine will serve as a leader and sponsoring institution in The Patient Safety Collaborative, a component of the CLER program.

Other sponsoring institutions chosen for the Patient Safety Collaborative are:

  • Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Duke University Hospital (Durham, North Carolina)
  • University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (Reno, Nevada)
  • Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, New York)
  • St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency Program (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Farmington, Connecticut)

The Pathway Leaders and Patient Safety Collaborative are part of the second phase of the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative to promote transformative improvement in the clinical learning environments of ACGME-accredited institutions.

For more information about this partnership and other initiatives of the ACGME, visit