ExpiresMarch 15, 2020
Massachusetts Medical Society
In their groundbreaking report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, published in 1999, the Institute of Medicine defined medical errors as the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. According to that same report by the Institute of Medicine, as many as 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of preventable medical errors. More recent studies found that rates for adverse events in hospitals may be much higher than previously measured. This course describes the most common causes of medical mistakes and strategies to improve health care delivery and decrease medical mistakes. Following the informational material a case study is used to help the learner see how medical errors can occur, and the best way to avoid them.
ABMS Member Board Approvals by Type
ABMS MOC Part II CME Activity
Allergy and Immunology
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Psychiatry and Neurology
NOTE: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement. Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.
Classify medical mistakes and identify which ones are most common.
Describe some of the most common causes of medical mistakes.
Restate the Institute of Medicine principles to improve health care delivery and decrease medical mistakes.
Explain the magnitude of medical errors in the United States and their impact.
Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Prevention, Adverse events
Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Systems-based Practice
CME Credit Type
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military