Medical Mistakes: Learning to Steer Clear of the Common Ones

Medical Mistakes: Learning to Steer Clear of the Common Ones

 Medical errors in the ambulatory environment can be complex with multiple breakdowns in the system, particularly diagnostic errors.  As patient caseloads continue to increase along with many regulatory demands on practicing physicians, it can be challenging to identify risk areas for potential medical errors.  This CME activity raises awareness for the most common errors, many of which are system and process-based, and outlines potential strategies a physician can implement to minimize risk.

Learning Objectives

  • Cite the eight most common medical mistakes that may lead to litigation
  • Describe strategies that may prevent the most prevalent medical mistakes
  • Explore best practices for office policies and medical record documentation to help mitigate risk.

Course Fees
MMS Member Physicians: $12
Nonmember Physicians: $22
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60

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CME Credit:
 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, risk management study

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Lawyers Weekly, Inc.

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ .

Activity Term
Start: August 28, 2011    
End: October 31, 2017   

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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