Medical Errors: Promoting a Culture of Patient Safety

Important message regarding license expiration dates:
As part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID- 19), State Surgeon General, Scott Rivkees has extended the licensure renewal expiration date until March 31, 2021 for any health care practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between December 31, 2020 and March 01, 2021. The license expiration date for Medical Doctor is extended to March 31, 2021.

Medical Errors: Promoting a Culture of Patient Safety satisfies continuing education relicensure requirements for Florida doctors. The purpose of this course is to promote patient safety and improve patient outcomes by providing an overview of the safety concerns facing healthcare systems today, including statistics and background on the magnitude of the problem and error reduction, prevention and root cause analysis. This course includes information relating to the five most mis-diagnosed conditions during the previous biennium, as determined by the Florida Board.

Current Florida Board of Medicine relicensure requirements available here.

Target Audience

Allopathic Physicians, Osteopathic Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Physician Assistants and Dietitians licensed in the State of Florida.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions during the previous biennium as identified by the Florida Board of Medicine.
  • Define the process and benefit of root cause analysis.
  • Address error-prone situations to create safe systems of care as an error reduction and prevention strategy.
  • Identify cognitive and system-related causes of diagnostic error.
  • Explain the impact of electronic medical records (EMR) on medical errors made during hospitalizations and the role of EMR in patient safety.
  • Implement Baptist Health policies and procedures for reporting medical errors and adverse events.
Additional information

Rodziewicz, T. L., & Hipskind, J. E. (2020). Medical Error Prevention. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.

Boysen P. G., 2nd (2013). Just culture: a foundation for balanced accountability and patient safety. The Ochsner journal, 13(3), 400–406.

Heath, S. (2019, November 26). Reflecting on To Err is Human: 20 Years of Patient Safety Work. Patient Engagement Hit.

The Joint Commission. (n.d.). Sentinel Event.

The Joint Commission. (n.d.) The Universal Protocol.

Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Dentistry
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine
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Mark L. Graber, M.D., FACP
CMO, Founder and President Emeritus 
Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Senior Fellow, Health Care Quality and Outcomes 
RTI International
Professor Emeritus, SUNY Stony Brook
Palm Desert, California

Louis T. Gidel, M.D., Ph.D., FCCP
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Chief Quality Medical Director of Telehealth
Baptist Health South Florida

Content Contributors:

Yvette A. King-Archer, BSN, R.N.
Corporate Patient Safety Officer
Risk Management
Baptist Health South Florida

Elizabeth Greene Taquechel, M.S., R.N., CPHQ
Corporate Patient Safety Officer
Risk Management/Patient Safety Department
Baptist Health South Florida

Louis T. Gidel, M.D., Ph.D., Yvette A. King-Archer, BSN, R.N., and Elizabeth Greene Taquechel, M.S., R.N., CPHQ, have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions.

Mark L. Graber, M.D., FACP, is on the advisory boards of MayaMD, Buoy Health, Peach Intellihealth and RecoverX. He will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.

Content contributors, nonfaculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida 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.

This activity has been approved for 2 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-756247, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatry, Dentistry and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

This activity has also been approved for 2 credit hours by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Dentistry
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine
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