Program Description: 

Title: Epic Misadventures and Lessons Learned: Professionalism's Practical Side

The discipline (actually interdisciplinary area) of Human Factors is undertaught in medical and nursing education. As a result, error and safety are widely misunderstood. Worse, the topic is feared and avoided, obviously an undesirable circumstance.

It is possible that this topic is an excellent model for professionalisms challenges.  If a professional can own up to mistakes in the current environment, what professionalism challenge would they not  knock out of the park?

That being said, an environment in which facing error is yet more painful is not desirable.

Society is engaged in the biggest overhaul of health care education since the Flexner Report.  Witness the ACGME Outcomes Project, Core competencies, CANmeds, and the Milestones initiatives. While we are changing things around anyway, why preserve obsolete views of error, which train generation after generation to be ashamed of and cover up our most important source of learning?

This workshop will do what no lecture can. It will engage participants as central figures in the ongoing debate about the relationship between error, professionalism, and unwanted results.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.


Target audience: 

All types of Anesthesia practitioners (faculty, ancillary staff, and residents).

Learning objectives: 

Objectives; Participants will:


  1. Formulate and present an incident or accident in their discipline
  2. Analyze their narrative and that of others: Are they simply telling their story, are they defending themselves?
  3. Contrast and compare what the “first story “ and “second story” would  sound like for their incident
  4. Locate and adapt, in their story, elements of safety one and safety two.
  5. Share all of the above with the larger group.
Faculty & credentials: 

Meir Chernofsky, MD
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD


Drs. T. Ebert , D. Warltier,  K. Lauer, S. Dolinski, C. Fox
All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial interests to disclose.


Chris Fox
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 805-5915
Session date: 
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
MCW Alumni Center
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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