Program Description: 

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.

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?


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. Explain 3 potential paradoxes related to human error in the workplace
  2. Evaluate, compare and contrast common definitions of safety, and revise one definition to account for newer views on error
  3. Appraise various theories of errors/accidents/incidents for their weak spots
  4. Question current concepts of accountability and synthesize a new one which is sustainable
  5. Adapt current practices of error reporting in commercial aviation to health care, or argue for a diminished role for error reporting
  6. Using Situational Awareness as an example, analyze the role or nonrole of state-of-mind assessments in the study of error
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: 
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 6:30am to 7:30am
Froedtert Hospital
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Helfaer Auditorium, 1st Floor
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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