Course: Spotlight on Patient Safety: Preventing Medical Errors, 3rd Edition
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: 9/1/2018
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
General medical error prevention and common missed diagnoses

NOTE: All Medrisk courses are approved for CME credit, but not all are approved for insurance discounts or medical board remediation. If you are enrolling in a course for an insurer, university or medical board, you should check with them to make sure that the course you are selecting is approved.

Spotlight on Patient Safety
Preventing Medical Errors, 3rd Edition


By taking this course, physicians should develop a better awareness of how medical errors are generated and why they go undetected. By understanding these processes and their own duty in controlling them, doctors who find themselves in similar circumstances will be able to lower their own legal exposure by making more enlightened decisions that better protect their patients.



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 document medical errors in an appropriate manner.
5.  Discuss four ways to prevent medication errors.
6.  Suggest ways to avoid errors associated with common missed diagnoses.

Target Audience


This course is appropriate for all physicians.



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.

Please check with your insurance carrier for approved courses before registering.  Courses not approved by your insurance carrier will not be accepted by them for any discounts they may offer.

Nursing CE Information

This learning activity is being jointly provided by Corexcel and Medical Risk Management, Inc. for nursing contact hours. Corexcel designates this activity for 15.4 nursing contact hours.

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

It is the policy of Corexcel to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all programming.

Corexcel’s provider status through the ANCC is limited to educational activities. Neither Corexcel nor ANCC endorse commercial products.

In compliance with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), it is Corexcel’s policy that faculty disclose all financial relationships with commercial interests over the past 12 months. Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D. have completed a conflict of interest form and there are no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.

Only participants who successfully complete the entire activity will be eligible for nursing contact hours.