Patient Safety and Medical Errors

This course comprises seven learning modules that cover key aspects of patient safety. Topics include: patient communications, evaluation and diagnosis, prescribing, procedures and supervision, systems-based improvement, and provider fatigue.  
This course is designed to provide both insight into the problem of medical errors and suggest best practices to reduce the incidence of errors in health care.
There is no charge for those wishing to take the course without earning CME credit. Simply proceed to the course modules via the “materials” tab. Or register for the course to earn CME credit.

Target Audience

This program is developed for physicians, residents, medical students, and other health professionals who are seeking a course to enhance patient safety skills.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the impact of patient safety and medical errors issues
  2. Identify methods to communicate clearly with other members of the patient care team 
  3. Determine how to improve the quality of their current record-keeping practices
  4. Devise processes and systems to enhance patient safety

Teaching Methods
Seven learning modules cover key aspects of patient safety. They can be taken independently, and each module should take no more than twenty minutes to complete. At the end of each section are questions designed to test the participant's knowledge of the concepts and practices presented. If a question is answered incorrectly, the correct answer will be shown and explained, providing an opportunity to correct mistakes. This will ensure an understanding of the message in each problem area.

Additional Information

The Texas Medical Association
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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TMA Subcommittee for Academic Physicians

Lisa R. Nash, DO, Chair
Senior Associate Dean, Educational Programs
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of North Texas HSC Ft. Worth 

Syed S. Azhar, MD
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, and Medical Director, Family Medicine Clinic Dickinson
The University of Texas Medical Branch 
Frank C. Babb, MD 
Associate Professor 
Director, Family Medicine Clerkship and Predoctoral Team 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock 
Diane Bodurka, MD
Vice President/Chief & Training Officer
Professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston 

Joslyn (Joey) W. Fisher, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine  
Ben Taub General Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine Houston 

Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, MD, FRCS
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Medical Director, Verde Hills PCC
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
Jeffrey Levin, MD, MSPH, DrPH
Chair, Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and  
Department of Occupational Health Sciences
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler 

John C. Luk, MD
Assistant Dean for of Interprofessional Integration
Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education 
The University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School 
Austin L. Metting, MD 
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Texas A&M College of Medicine Baylor Scott & White Health 
Curtis R. Mirkes, DO
Assistant Professor 
Texas A&M College of Medicine Baylor Scott & White Health 

Elizabeth “Beth” Nelson, MD
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education 
Distinguished Teaching Professor
The University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School 
Surendra Varma, MD
Executive Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education & Resident Affairs 
University Distinguished Professor & Vice Chair, Pediatrics
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock 
Special thanks to: 
Course editor: Lisa R. Nash, DO 

Module 5 Author
Michele C. Bosworth, MD
Associate Professor, Family Medicine 
Executive Director, The Center for Population, Analytics, and Quality Advancement 
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler 
Module 6 Co-Author 
Saurin M. Gandhi, DO 
The University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring)  
The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Texas Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

On select courses, the Texas Medical Association requires physician to complete 70-percent of the test questions correctly to receive credit for this course.
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This course has been designated for 2 credit(s) of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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