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The National Quality Colloquium is offering a Patient Safety Certificate Program in the form of an optional course within the conference for attendees wishing to take a deeper dive into the Colloquium's subject matter.

The Patient Safety Certificate Program curriculum and requirements are as follows:

  1. Complete pre-course readings - Click here to review pre-course reading
  2. Consider questions submitted by faculty in conjunction with completion of the preconference readings - Click here to review pre-course questions
  3. Attend the Preconference Patient Quality and Safety Boot Camp. The preconference readings and questions will be discussed during the Preconference
  4. Attend the entire Quality Colloquium
  5. Successfully complete the post-conference on-line examination - Click here to take sample examination.


David B. Nash, MD, MBA, FACP
Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Cheryl M. Scott / Group Health Cooperative Professor of Health Administration, Founding Director, Healthcare Leadership Development Alliance, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Who Should Attend?

Those who are interested in understanding and working successfully in the new Patient Safety environment. This may include government agencies, consumer groups, patient quality organizations, health plans, hospitals, nursing homes, physicians and physician organizations, home health agencies, other providers of Medicare services (ambulance, DME, lab), nurses and other clinicians, medical coding and billing staff, health care financial and auditing personnel, and many others.

Learning Objectives

The purpose of the Patient Safety Certificate Program is to give participants the understanding and tools necessary to work successfully with the new Patient Safety process, requirements, and timetable. By the end of this training, participants will be able to create an action plan that will outline key initiatives to be taken with respect to Patient Safety implementation in their own organizations.

Course Description

This is a practical, in-depth course for professionals who want to understand Patient Safety issues in the context of their own local setting. The course will be geared to those who have limited training, but will also cater to those who have increasing levels of knowledge and training in the field. At the end of the course, participants will have 90 days to complete the on-line examination. Completion of the five elements of the training will earn the participants a certificate of completion.

Course Completion

Those who successfully complete the course requirements (steps 1 through 6 above), including pre-course readings and an online post conference test with a score of seventy percent (70%) or more, will receive a certificate of completion of the Patient Safety Certificate Program.

Special Benefit for Patent Safety Certificate Holders::

Participants who successfully complete the Patient Safety Certificate Program offered in conjunction with the Eighth Annual National Quality Colloquium are eligible to receive a 15% tuition discount for courses taken as part of the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Safety (MS-HQS) degree program offered through Thomas Jefferson University's School of Population Health. To be eligible for this discount, National Quality Colloquium students must meet all admissions requirements for the program and must enroll by July 1, 2012. For more information about Jefferson's MS-HQS:

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What is the purpose of the Patient Safety Certificate Program?
    Please see Patient Safety Certificate Program Learning Objectives and Course Objectives above.

  2. Is the Patient Safety Certificate Program a professional certification program?
    It is not. The program constitutes an attempt to organize a focused curriculum around implementation strategies and issues pertaining to Patient Safety, while giving evidence of successful completion of that body of knowledge through the issuance of a certificate of completion.

  3. Please describe the post meeting on-line examination.
    The post meeting on-line examination is a multi-question examination based upon the information made available in the preconference reading, preconference training, and the Colloquium agenda. You may take this examination at any time during the ninety (90) days following the Colloquium. You will be given a web link to the examinations and a unique username and password to access the examination. You will have one hour to complete the examination once you have commenced it. You may take the examination up to three (3) times. Please note that new questions will rotate through the examination. You must score seventy percent (70%) or more to successfully complete this requirement. Click here to take sample examination.

  4. Have any other conferences offered a comparable certificate program? Yes, the following events have offered training programs: the National Medical Home Summit, www.MedicalHomeSummit.com, offers the Medical Home Training Program, www.MedicalHomeSummit.com/training.html; the National Medicare RAC Summit, www.RACSummit.com, offers the Medicare RAC Training Program, www.RACSummit.com/training.html, and the Summit on Disclosure, Transparency and Aggregate Spend for Drug, Device and Biotech Companies, www.DisclosureSummit.com, offers the Disclosure Training Program, www.DisclosureSummit.com/training.html.

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