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PATIENT SAFETY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

INFORMATION FOR 2007 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM CANDIDATES
Dear Harvard Quality Colloquium Patient Safety Certificate Candidates,

Thank you for enrolling in the Patient Safety Certificate Program at the recent Quality Colloquium on the campus of Harvard University, www.QualityColloquium.com, August 19 - 22, 2007. The purpose of this email is to provide instructions regarding completion of the online Patient Safety Certificate Program examination.

You are eligible to take the online Patient Safety Certificate Program examination after completing the prerequisites listed below. As a condition to taking the online examination you will be asked to represent that you have completed all the listed prerequisites.

The online examination will be available for ninety (90) days commencing on Monday, August 27, 2007 and ending at midnight on Monday, November 24, 2007. You may take the examination up to three times. The examination will be in open book format, but you may not collaborate with colleagues in taking the examination. You will have one hour to complete the forty (40) questions. Once you begin the examination, you must complete it in one hour. You may not stop the examination and return at a later time. You must achieve a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to successfully complete the examination.

You will receive your unique user name and password via email form the Quality Colloquium staff. Once you have logged into the examination website you may change your username and password.

Once you have logged into the examination website you may change your username and password, or make any changes to your information that has been submitted to us upon your enrollment.

Upon logging into the website you will see that you are enrolled in both a six-question practice examination and the examination. We strongly recommend you take the practice examination before commencing the examination. In the practice examination you have an opportunity to become familiar with the instruction and representation page, to review and change your answers and to submit the examination for grading upon completion.

You have up to three (3) attempts to pass the examination. If you fail to achieve a passing score on your attempt, a new examination version will be added automatically to your main student profile page, and you can attempt the examination again.

We have constructed the exam to encourage you to reflect on the patient safety competencies that were central to the Colloquium and to the Patient Safety Certificate Program.

I am available to assist you regarding any technical questions that you may have relating to the completion of the examination. If you have a question relating to the substance or the rules governing the examination I urge you to submit the question in writing to examination@QualityColloquium.com.

I wish you best of luck in completing the examination successfully.

Sincerely yours,
Jeff Dennis
Examination Administrator
Patient Safety Certificate Program
Harvard Quality Colloquium



PATIENT SAFETY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM PREREQUISITES:
  1. Completion of the pre-course reading (6 hours) - Click here to review pre-course reading
  2. Consideration of the following questions in conjunction with completion of the pre-course readings:
    • What are the most important patient safety issues facing your institution?
    • How does the culture of your institution affect your ability to implement change?
    • What are 3 patient safety initiatives that you've read about, heard about, or seen that you believe will make an impact in your institution?
    • What are 3 patient safety initiatives you would like to implement in the next year?
    • Describe the composition of the team that will be necessary to accomplish each of those initiatives in your institution.
  3. Participation in the Quality Colloquium Preconference Symposium on Patient Safety (6 hours).
  4. Participation in selected elements of the Quality Colloquium agenda (attend at least 11 educational hours from among the portions of agenda with asterisk and italics).

Overview
The Quality Colloquium is offering a Patient Safety Certificate Program in the form of an optional course within the conference. The Patient Safety Certificate Program curriculum and requirements are as follows:

  1. Pre-course reading (6 hours) - Click here to review pre-course reading
  2. Please consider the following questions in conjunction with completion of the pre-course readings:
    1. What are the most important patient safety issues facing your institution?
    2. How does the culture of your institution affect your ability to implement change?
    3. What are 3 patient safety initiatives that you've read about, heard about, or seen that you believe will make an impact in your institution?
    4. What are 3 patient safety initiatives you would like to implement in the next year?
    5. Describe the composition of the team that will be necessary to accomplish each of those initiatives in your institution.
  3. The Preconference Symposium on Patient Safety (6 hours). Note that the pre-course readings and the questions above will be discussed during the Preconference Symposium.
  4. Selected elements of the Quality Colloquium agenda (attend at least 11 educational hours from among the portions of agenda with asterisk and italics).
  5. Post meeting on-line assessment (1 hour) - Click here to take sample examination.

Who Should Attend?
Those who are interested in organizing comprehensive quality improvement education programs for health care delivery systems, conducting practice assessment, improvement, and cost reduction projects, and championing the facility's quality efforts from a clinical foundation. This may include patient safety officers, front line practitioners, risk managers, administrators, researchers, and medical educators

Learning Objectives:
The purpose of the Patient Safety Certificate Program is to give participants the understanding and tools necessary to conduct state-of-the-art clinical practice improvement projects around key patient safety issues. During a brief didactic session, participants will learn the current state of safety and quality, and how to translate national research into actionable improvement activities in their local setting. Participants will learn how to identify key safety problems and use quality improvement, risk assessment and statistical methods and tools to design solutions that address clinical as well as non-clinical processes. By the end of this training, participants will create a safety action plan that will outline key activities for local implementation at their institutions.

Course Description:
This is a practical, in-depth course for health care professionals who want to understand patient safety issues in the context of their local setting and want to improve, and teach how to improve, the quality and safety of clinical and non-clinical processes. 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 fields of safety and quality. At the end of the course, participants will have 90 days to complete the on-line assessment module. Completion of the 4 elements of the training will earn the participants a certificate of Patient Safety Officer training completion.

Course Completion:
Those who successfully complete the course requirements (steps 1 through 4 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 Quality Colloquium Patient Safety Certificate Program.

FEATURED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FACULTY
Julie K. Johnson, MSPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Director of Research, American Board of Specialties, Chicago, IL

Paul Barach, MD, MPH, Maj (ret.)
Associate Professor, University of South Florida, Former Associate Dean for Patient Safety, and Director Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami, Tampa, FL
Davis Balestracci, MS
Harmony Consulting, LLC, Portland, ME

Becki Kanjiratinkal, MS, RN, CPHQ, CMQ/OE, CPHRM
Risk Control Consultant, CNA Insurance, St. Joseph, MO

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the purpose of the Quality Colloquium Patient Safety Certificate Program? Please see Learning Objectives and Course Objectives above.
  • Is the Quality Colloquium Patient Safety Certificate Program a professional certification program? It is not. The program constitutes an attempt to organize a focused patient safety and quality curriculum, while giving evidence of successful completion of that body of knowledge through the issuance of a certificate of completion.
  • Please describe the post meeting on-line assessment. The post meeting on-line assessment is essentially a mutli question and essay examination based upon the information made available in the pre-course reading, pre-conference symposium and select elements of the Harvard 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 as many times as you wish. 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.



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