Course: Spotlight on Patient Safety: Preventing Medical Errors, Second Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.00
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 60
Course Release Date: 7/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 3/10/2019
A course on preventing medical errors and improving patient safety.

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Spotlight on Patient Safety
Preventing Medical Errors, 2nd Ed.

Every day, conscientious physicians injure their patients through avoidable medical errors that are allowed to occur because vital information is either omitted or ignored at some crucial juncture in the delivery of care. And the only way to reduce medical errors is to recognize, address, and correct the processes that give rise to them.
Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:
1. Identify instances of miscommunication that contribute to medical errors.
2. Understand how formalized protocols can improve patient safety.
3. Know how to respond when an error occurs.
4. Be able to communicate with patients and family members if an error occurs.
5. Be able to document medical errors in an appropriate manner.
6. Discuss four ways to prevent medication errors.
7. Suggest ways to avoid errors associated with common diagnoses.

Target Audience
This course is designed for physicians who want to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors.
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 online 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.

This activity is valid for release July 1, 2017 and expires on June 30, 2020.

CE Information

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Satisfactory completion of the test will earn the nurse 15.4 contact hours.

Commercial Support

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


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