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2008 Patient Safety Certificate Program Candidates may click the following to access the online examination. Click here for more information on the program.

Attention Certificate Candidates:
The Patient Safety Certificate Program examination must be completed by midnight, Friday, December 19, 2008.

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. 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. Attend 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. Attend the complete Quality Colloquium (22 hours).
  5. Successfully complete the post-conference on-line examination (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 examination. Completion of the five 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 5 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. Those candidates who successfully complete the Program will receive this certificate of completion.

Julie K. Johnson, MSPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Former Director of Research, American Board of Medical Specialties, Chicago, IL

Paul Barach, MD, MPH
Professor, Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine, Center for Patient Safety, Utrecht University Medical Center, and Associate Professor, University of South Florida, Utrecht, Netherlands
Davis Balestracci, MS
Harmony Consulting, LLC, Portland, ME

Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, NC

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 examination. The post meeting on-line examination 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 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.

John Iglehart
Founding Editor, Health Affairs, National Correspondent, New England Journal of Medicine, Washington, DC

Brent James, MD, MSC
Vice President Medical Research, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

Janet Marchibroda
Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Initiative and Foundation, Washington, DC

Michael L. Millenson
Mervin Shalowitz, M.D. Visiting Scholar, Health Industry Management Program, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Author, Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age, Evanston, IL

David B. Nash, MD, MBA, FACP
The Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy and Chair of the Department, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Blair L. Sadler, Esq.
Former President of Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Faculty, UCSD Schools of Medicine and Management, San Diego, CA

Tom Williams
Executive Director, Integrated Healthcare Association, Oakland, CA

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