Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Web-based Education for Beginning Interns on Handoffs

As a part of your training, you have been asked to complete a series of web-based patient handoff exercises. Each of these web cases is taken directly from a real-world Northwestern patient (with names removed and dates changed). These 10 patients all experienced an adverse event due to a “handoff error.” Five cases are inpatients with signout errors, Five cases focus on discharge transitions. Each case highlights important teaching points and, hopefully, will drive home the point that handoff errors can harm real patients.

Please follow these steps below to take our curriculum. All items are posted in Canvas. Please use Firefox or Chrome and log in with your netID and password. You must complete each item in order before being able to move on to the next item, but you do not need to complete all items at once. 

Expected time to complete the curriculum:

**Read each case, answer the initial questions briefly- do NOT spend more than 5-10 mins on the initial page. After you submit your initial thoughts, you will be given the “correct answers.” Please spend as much (OR MORE) time reviewing the correct answers as you did on the initial cases. The take-home points are all discussed in detail at the end of each case.**

Introduction to OSU Handoff Study from Northwestern University on Vimeo.

This site is for Northwestern University students only. View Ohio State student cases.