Course: Spotlight on Patient Safety: 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: 10/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Crew resource management specifically for orthopaedists.

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Spotlight on Patient Safety
CRM for Orthopaedists

Errors that harm patients are seldom the result of a simple mistake by one individual.  Rather, they usually result from the breakdown of an entire sequence of events involving the actions of two or more individuals who are supposed to function as a team.  Because of this breakdown in teamwork, those steps at which the error would normally be corrected fail to function because the previous steps malfunctioned, and the whole system collapses.

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 designed for orthopaedists who interested in learning techniques that have been proven to prevent medical errors in a variety of settings.

This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test, which enables learners to study at their leisure and internalize the content at their own pace.  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.

This activity is valid for release October 1, 2019 and expires on December 31, 2021.
Estimated time to complete this course: 6 hours.

Commercial Support

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


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