Patient Safety Principles - No CME available

The Patient Safety Principles Module is an online learning module that begins with a lesson and contains a 10 question post-test with accompanying answers, rationales, and references. When the participant selects an answer, immediate feedback (i.e., a rationale) is given explaining the correct answer. 

Quick Facts

Format: Internet-based module beginning with a lesson, and followed by a post-test of 8 questions with accompanying answers, rationales, and references.

Passing Score: 80% (8/10) required for CME credit

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the scope of the patient safety problem in the United States
  • Compare and contrast medical error and adverse event
  • Define types of errors and contributing factors to adverse events
  • Describe features promoting a culture of safety
  • Compare and contrast methods for measuring errors and adverse events
  • Describe safe practices and facilitators to successful implementation

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, SHM requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. SHM resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. All relevant financial relationships shall be disclosed to participants prior to the start of the activity.

Furthermore, SHM seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing medical education (CME) activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. SHM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME activities that promote improvements in healthcare and not those of a commercial interest.

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 through the joint sponsorship of Blackwell Futura Media Services and the Society of Hospital Medicine. Blackwell Futura Media Services is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Blackwell Futura Media Services designates this online activity for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Member cost:
Your cost:

William P. Dickey, MD
Michelle M. Guidry, MD
Kevin J. O'Leary MD, MS

2015 Update Editor
Kevin J. O'Leary MD, MS

The authors report having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.


Member cost:
Your cost:
Please login or register to take this course.