Prevention of Medical Errors for Florida Physicians

This activity is specific to Florida statutes and reflects regulations effective March 2020.Few medical errors are attributed to faculty medical judgment. More commonly, they are attributed to system failures inherent in healthcare delivery. By drawing on professional liability closed claims data compiled by The Doctors Company, we have identified common performance and diagnostic errors that reflect on the most common issues (misdiagnosed conditions) identified by the Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine - wrong-site surgery, surgery complications, cancer related conditions; gastroenterology related conditions; OB/GYN-related conditions; cardiology-related conditions; neurological conditions and adverse drug events.  We analyzed loss prevention measure in tandem with the elements necessary to conduct a credible and thorough root cause analysis to reduce system failures, respond to sentinel events, prevent medical errors, and improve patient safety. The purpose of this educational activity is to provide physicians with the most current information regarding the prevention of common performance and diagnostic errors.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess areas of their practice that are at high risk for medical errors
  • Educate staff and colleagues about specific changes in policies and/or procedures that can reduce the risk of medical errors
  • Implement at least one change in their practice that can reduce the risk of medical error

Additional Information

The Florida Medical Association
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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This course satisfies the Florida Board of Medicine requirement and also the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine requirement for its renewal cycle 2020-2022.

Daniel Wright, RN, JD, CPHRM, Department of  Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, The Doctors Company

Susan Shepard, MSN, MA, RN, CPHRM, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, The Doctors Company

Robin Wessels, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHRM, Assistant Vice President, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Susan Boisvert, BSN, MHSA, CPPS, CPHRM, DFASHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Johanna Lackner, MPH, MSW, Senior Director, Continuing Professional Development, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Disclosure: No individual in a position to control the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies (commercial interests). No commercial support was provided for this activity.

2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring Material - Co-Provided with The Doctors Company).   

The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

Florida Medical Association designates this enduring material 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.

Estimated Completion Time: Two Hours

Instructions for earning credit: Learner must review all course materials, answer the periodic interactive questions embedded in the course (passing score of 80% required) and complete the course evaluation.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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This course is offered through Florida Medical Association. 

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