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“To not be listed in the top 405 hospitals, you can imagine, for Johns Hopkins, was quite startling, and we are absolutely redoubling our efforts to make sure we focus on these things,” said Peter Pronovost, Hopkins’s senior vice president for patient safety and quality.
Some other rating systems, he said, rely heavily on a hospital’s reputation or on outcomes, both of which are flawed measurement approaches, he said. A hospital’s reputation may have more to do with research capacity and “brand-new treatment opportunities for patients.”
By contrast, the 22 specific measures identified by the commission are basic “bread-and-butter metrics,” he said. “They are not controversial. Everybody agrees they should be done.”
A few more things to think about in your search - more prestigious hospital/colleges tend to have larger classes and you want to ask how many students go on rotation together during their clinicals, and whether they all get to cover each area.