Forensic Pathology-Relevant “Patient Safety” Course


Drs. Laura Knight, Nicholas Batalis, Cassie Boggs, Clare Bryce, Amy Martin, Ken Obenson, Andrea Wiens

Course Description:

This course written by members of the NAME Subcommittee for the Development of Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) is designed to satisfy the American Board of Pathology Continuous Certification (CC) requirement (as specified by the American Board of Medical Specialties) for a Patient Safety Course (PSC).  Each diplomate participating in CC (formerly MOC) is currently required to complete an approved PSC once during each 10-year cycle.  While there are PSCs offered by other organizations in general medicine and in general anatomic and clinical pathology, this course will be the first that is focused in and specific to forensic pathology.  The course will present a number of short modules on a variety of topics relevant both to patient safety and forensic pathology.  Topics include critical values in forensic pathology and their management, forensic autopsy practice and quality assurance, human factors in error, epidemiology of error, the culture of safety, systems thinking and root cause analysis, and quality improvement and models for improvement.  Case examples from the everyday practice setting of Medical Examiners will be used to illustrate.  SAM credits will be available.

Forensic Pathology-Relevant Patient Safety Course – Agenda

Module 1 – Epidemiology of Error
Module 2 – Systems Thinking and the Effect of the System on Patient Safety
Module 3 – Human Factors in Error
Module 4 – Culture of Safety
Module 5 – Fundamentals of Quality Improvement and Models for Improvement
Module 6 – Tools for Avoiding Error:  Critical Value Reporting and Critical Incident Reporting
Module 7 – Communication, Critical Values, and Safety Culture

Registration Rates:

NAME Members: $150
Non-Members: $250

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CME Accreditation Statement: 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society and the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MedChi designates this Online educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


NAME has been approved by the American Board of Pathology to provide Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) related to this online activity.  (NAME is providing SAMs independent of the MedChi CME program.)