Identifying Medical Errors: Knowing Is Half The Battle

As an osteopathic physician, your main concern is the safety and well-being of your patients. Unfortunately, medical errors still occur. In fact it is one of the chief challenges facing medical professionals like yourself, as well as patients, and society as a whole. One way to help prevent these errors is being extra vigilant where they are most likely to occur.

This course, Identifying Medical Errors: Knowing Is Half the Battle, is a good primer for new DOs and a helpful refresher for established physicians. Adapted from a presentation by Jeanne Sandella, DO at the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Annual Conference in Valley Forge, PA., this course uses video scenarios and multiple choice questions to identify common medical errors and best practices for preventing them.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for osteopathic physicians and related health care professions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Identify common types of medical errors
  • Understand factors that increase the risk of medical errors
  • Recognize how errors occur in medication prescribing and delivery
  • Understand best practice in preventing medical errors

Running Time
  • 1 hour


Participants are required to complete the program in its entirety, including a post-test and program evaluation in order to receive continuing education credit. Osteopathic physicians must complete the post-test with a passing grade of 70%. The post-test may be taken a maximum of three times. A certificate of completion will be provided to participants based on documentation of completion.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine

The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The NBOME designates this online activity for 1 credit of AOA category 1-B credit.