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Recognizing A Physician's Role in Patient Safety

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
1. Identify the basic principles of patient safety;
2. Explain how medical errors are classified;
3. Describe the elements of full disclosure and apology when addressing those affected by medical errors;
4. Recognize how human factors, systems thinking, and “Just Culture” can improve patient safety.
0.5 Credit

This module provides an overview of patient safety, explains how a team of health professionals can improve patient care and outcomes, and describes how to respond to medical errors.

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Activity Information

Subject Matter Expert(s):

Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, Surgery, and Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Luan E. Lawson, MD, MAEd, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Curricular Innovation in Medical Education, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Jed Gonzalo, MSc, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Associate Dean, Health Systems Education, Penn State University College of Medicine

Maya M. Hammoud, MD, MBA, Senior Advisor, Medical Education Innovation, American Medical Association


Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH; Jed Gonzalo, MD, MSc; Maya Hammoud, MD, MBA; Luan E. Lawson, MD MAEd


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