Translational Science and Healthcare Quality and Safety Improvement from Mastery Learning

  • William C. McGaghieEmail author
  • Diane B. Wayne
  • Jeffrey H. Barsuk
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


Mastery learning contributes to translational science (TS) in the health professions not only when learning outcomes are measured in educational settings (T1) but also when outcomes are measured as “downstream” results including patient care practices (T2), patient outcomes (T3), and collateral effects (T4). This chapter describes a simulation-based mastery learning (SBML) education and research program on central venous catheter insertion that has achieved results in all four TS categories. The program is successful because it involves a series of evaluation research studies that are thematic, sustained, and cumulative. The chapter concludes with a section on mastery learning and healthcare quality and safety improvement.


Collateral effects Cost savings Central venous catheter insertion Healthcare Mastery learning Minimum passing standard Patient care Patient outcomes Quality improvement Return on investment Skill retention Translational science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. McGaghie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Diane B. Wayne
    • 2
  • Jeffrey H. Barsuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departments of Medical Education and Preventive MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Medical EducationChicagoUSA

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