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Creating a Culture of Patient Safety (SAM eligible)

This activity is an ABP-approved course that meets the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for Component I – Patient Safety Self-Assessment Program. This activity is intended for new-in-practice pathologists who have this requirement..

Credit Type: CME, SAM, CPD
Duration: 5 hours
Launch Date: October 29, 2015
Expiration Date: October 28, 2018 12:00 AM (ET)
Pricing: Member Fee: $175.00 Non-Member Fee: $228.00 Resident Fee: $50.00
MOC Category: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Interpersonal and Communication Skills

This Self-Assessment Module (SAM) activity is an ABP-approved patient safety course, providing an overview of the key concepts and principles of patient safety and how they are applied in laboratory medicine.

Creating a Culture of Patient Safety is an ABP-approved course that meets the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for Component I – Patient Safety Self-Assessment Program. This activity is intended for new-in-practice pathologists who have this requirement.

The activity features a pre-test to gauge your current knowledge of patient safety. The content is divided into six lessons, each a key theme within patient safety. Knowledge check questions appear throughout the activity allowing you to apply the learned content.

Printable resources are provided to supplement the activity content, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s “To Err is Human” Report, the 2015 IOM report, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care” and the 2015 CAP/NSH Specimen Handling Guidelines.

Upon completion of the activity content, you will be presented with a post-test containing 30 multiple-choice questions. As part of the program, you are encouraged to participate in a social media community to network with peers and colleagues across the U.S. and Canada and discuss important and timely patient safety topics.

As a result of participating in this SAM eligible activity and post-test, you will be able to:

  1. Define patient safety and explain why it’s important in laboratory medicine.
  2. Describe the core elements of a healthcare system and how they come together to produce patient care.
  3. Define adverse events and outline the different methods to categorize these events.
  4. Describe some common ways to classify errors and explain common sources of error in laboratory medicine.
  5. Define systems thinking and explain how a well-performing system can prevent patient harm.
  6. Describe the study of human factors and how it relates to patient safety.
  7. Describe a culture of safety and provide some best practices for creating a culture of safety in a healthcare organization or laboratory.
  8. Define quality improvement and explain how quality improvement programs reduce adverse events and promote patient safety.
  9. Define and explain the purpose of risk planning and risk management in promoting patient safety.
  10. Explain how communication in laboratory medicine is integral to patient safety.
  11. Describe how methods and tools are utilized to identify, evaluate and prevent adverse events and provide some examples of common methods and tools used for these purposes.

CME Information
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Section 3 Credit
Accreditation in Canada: This event is an Accredited Self Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours equivalent to 15 credits.

Passing Requirements
You have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you correctly answer 80% or more of the post-test items, you may claim credit. CME/SAM credit can be applied to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements. The AMA requires that you pass the post-test in a enduring program to claim credit; therefore, if you do not pass, you cannot claim credit.

Attention Canadian Participants: You must complete all three attempts before claiming CPD credit (self-assessment program credits). If you do not pass the post-test after three attempts, you may still claim credit for this activity. Please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040, Option 1 or with the name of this activity and the date completed to request a Letter of Participation.

Payment Information
To pay with a check, print a copy of this page and send it with your check to the address below. You will be notified when your payment has been processed and you have been registered into the activity.

College of American Pathologists
Education Division
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, IL 60093-2750

Refund Policy
Refunds will be handled on an exception basis. Please submit your request to the CAP in writing via email at or fax at 847-832-8006.

Technical Requirements
Pop-up blockers must be turned off.

CAP Learning has recognized that some Veteran’s Administration, US Government, and military participants may have difficulty accessing the online assessment portion of this activity. If you experience difficulty or have any questions, please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040, Option 1 or

This activity and evaluation is available October 29, 2015 and will expire on October 28, 2018 12:00 AM (ET). You MUST claim credit by this date/time.

Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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