Check Out TMA’s Free, Online Patient Safety Course
By Steve Levine


It’s one of those hidden gems of TMA membership: a comprehensive online course to help you improve patient safety. It’s also a very good course. And thanks to the generous support of our friends at TMA Insurance Trust, Patient Safety and Medical Errors is free for members.

Created by the Texas Medical Association Subcommittee for Academic Physicians in 2010 and updated four times since, the course’s seven learning modules address critical issues in patient safety along with suggested practices to reduce the incidence of errors. At the end of each section, you'll find a number of questions to test your knowledge of the concepts and practices presented. Don’t worry if you get any of them wrong. The module will explain the answers to you and give you a chance to correct your mistakes to be sure that you understand the message in each problem area.

Over the past six years, nearly 1,250 physician have taken the course for continuing medical education (CME) credit. Of the 300 who took it last year, 99 percent gave it a 5-star or 4-star rating (out of five).

Each year, about 200 medical students and residents take the course at the urging of their school or residency program to improve their patient safety skills. In fact, some medical schools also have faculty to take the course as part of their quality improvement risk management activities.

Each module can be taken independently, and each module should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. The seven modules are:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Patient Safety and Communication
  • Module 3: Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Module 4: Medications and Treatment
  • Module 5: Procedures and Supervision
  • Module 6: Systems-Based Improvement and Electronic Health Records
  • Module 7: Provider Fatigue

TMA designates this activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This course has been designated for 2 credit(s) of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. TMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide CME for physicians.

Last Updated On

January 24, 2019

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Steve Levine

VP, Communication

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Steve Levine

A former statehouse reporter, political press secretary, and state agency spokesman, Steve Levine has directed the Communication Division at TMA since 1997. He oversees Texas Medicine, Texas Medicine Today, TMA's media and public relations activities, and the TMA Knowledge Center, website, and social media activities.

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