Course: Risk Management Consult: CRM for Orthopaedists
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 8/1/2016
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
How team management skills can help improve patient safety.

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Risk Management Consult
CRM for Orthopaedists


Crew Resource Management (CRM) is a leadership and teamwork strategy originally developed in the 1980s by the airline industry to address the causes of human errors that underlie 70 to 80 percent of commercial aviation accidents. It has proven so successful that it is now used in hospitals to improve patient safety. This course will cover the principles of CRM as they apply to orthopaedists.



Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1.  Identify the elements of crew resource management.
2.  Apply principles of CRM to the health care environment.
3.  Discuss the proper use of checklists and protocols in reducing medical errors.
4.  Develop a plan for utilizing CRM and protocols in your medical practice.

Target Audience


This course is appropriate for all surgeons.



This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc. designates this  enduring material  for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Estimated time to complete this activity: 6 hours.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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