Patient Safety and Medical Errors (3rd Edition)

  • An Online Course for Physicians, Residents, and Medical Students

    This course was designed by the TMA Subcommittee for Academic Physicians to assist physicians, residents, and medical students who are seeking a course to enhance their patient safety skills.

    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 see if you learned 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. The objective is to improve patient safety.

  • To Claim CME Credit

    2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM (Enduring)
    2 ETHICS

    1. View each course module in its entirety.
    2. Sign in to the TMA Education Center using your TMA website login information. Once there, simply add the Patient Safety and Medical Errors course to your shopping cart, and submit the CME processing fee ($49 for TMA members, $99 for non-members).
    3. Next, go to "my products" and click the “Get Certificate” button for this course. Complete the evaluation, then click the "Get Certificate" button again to print a copy of your CME transcript.
  • Not Claiming CME Credit?

    1. There is no charge for those wishing to take the course without earning CME credit. Each module may be completed independently and should take no more than twenty minutes to complete. Within each module, you will have the opportunity to request a certificate of completion.
    2. Complete the activity evaluation.
  • Resources

    The electronic documents listed in the following bibliography were used in the preparation of this program and are provided to promote the education of the health care community about this important issue and to help individuals and institutions develop and adopt best practices to reduce the incidence of medical errors.

    Module 1 Introduction

    Module 2 Patient Safety and Communication

    Module 3 Evaluation and Diagnosis

    Module 4 Medications and Treatment Errors

    Module 5 Procedures and Supervision

    Module 6 Systems-Based Improvement and Electronic Health Records

    Module 7 Patient Safety and Provider Fatigue

  • Disclosure of Commericial Affiliations

    Policies and standards of the Texas Medical Association, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and the American Medical Association require that speakers and planners for continuing medical education activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial entities whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of the CME activity.

    The authors and activity planners have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research, or services may be discussed in this study.

  • Course Authors

    This course was designed by the TMA Subcommittee for Academic Physicians. Participating members include:

    Lisa R. Nash, DO, Chair
    Associate Dean, Educational Programs
    Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
    University of North Texas HSC

    Syed S. Azhar, MD
    Interim Residency Program Director, Family Medicine
    The University of Texas Medical Branch

    Carlos Hamilton, Jr., MD
    Executive Vice President
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    William J. Krippner, Jr., MD
    Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Management
    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Jeffrey Levin, MD, MSPH
    Medical Director, Infection Control/Employee Health
    Professor and Chair, Occupational Health Sciences
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

    Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, MD, FRCS
    Professor and Vice Chair for Medical Student Education
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

    Curtis R. Mirkes, DO
    Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director
    Texas A&M Health Science Center/Scott & White

    Carlos Vallbona, MD
    Distinguished Service Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Surendra Varma, MD
    Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education & Resident Affairs
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

    Ronald S. Walters, MD
    Associate Vice President of Medical Operations & Informatics
    MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Special thanks to:

    Course editors: Don N. Peska, DO and Lisa R. Nash, DO

    Module 5 authors, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler:

    Brenda Lee, RN, MSN
    Director, Healthcare Quality Department

    Tia Whitford, RN, BSN, HACP
    Quality Improvement Manager

    Steven Cox, MD
    Associate Professor of Surgery

    Michele Bosworth, MD
    Co-Chief Medical Information Officer
    Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

    Lauri Thomas, MSN, RN
    Director, Procedural Services

    Jonathan MacClements, MD
    Chair and Director of Medical Education
    Program Director and Professor of Family Medicine

    Emmanuel Elueze, MD
    Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
    Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

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