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ABMS Patient Safety Foundations Module

The Patient Safety Foundations Module is now available at the discounted member price of $50. This is your chance to review patient safety information customized for the entire radiation oncology team and earn 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

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The American Board of Medical Specialties and their vendor, HealthStream, have paired with ASTRO to develop a patient safety module customized for the radiation oncology community. The curriculum for this module will encompass four broad categories:

Epidemiology of Safety and Harm

  • Identify the issues that have created a national focus on patient safety.
  • List the most common types and causes of adverse events.
  • Define a system for classifying errors by severity and frequency.

The Systems Approach to Improving Patient Safety

  • Define a system.
  • Identify an example of a workaround and its effect on the system.
  • Identify the multiple layers of the health care system that influence the ability to improve care.
  • Distinguish between error mitigation and recovery.


  • Recognize the role that communication plays in achieving patient safety.
  • Identify three types of barriers that may affect patient-practitioner communication.
  • Apply the recommended steps for disclosure of an adverse event to a patient.
  • Identify a strategy for improving the transfer of information from practitioner to practitioner.

Safety Culture  

  • Identify the elements of a safety culture (beliefs, attitudes and values about work, risk and safety).
  • Identify the value of learning in creating and sustaining patient safety.
  • Recognize the relationship between reporting and learning.

Any member of the radiation oncology team who completes this module will receive 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Physicians whose state requires CME for re-licensure can count the CME credits associated with the ABMS Patient Safety Foundations module toward this requirement.

Content last updated 5/17/2013
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