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5/22/2013 6:00 PM

Now in its fourth year, the Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Calgary, is offering an on-line certificate program in Patient Safety and Quality Management for healthcare professionals to expand their working understanding of patient safety and quality management concepts and learn from experts in the field.  This one-of-its-kind program is conducted through four in-person education days at the University of Calgary and 13, two-hour real-time online sessions delivered between September 2013 and March 2014. Participants also complete a patient safety/quality improvement project with the guidance of an experienced mentor.

The program has attracted participants from across Canada and to-date more than 70 healthcare professionals have received certificates in patient safety and quality management.  The interdisciplinary program is designed for physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists and managers who want to focus on workplace improvement to advance a quality and safety culture.

The program will help participants to:

  • Distinguish and describe the components of a healthcare safety and quality model;
  • Describe core principles of patient safety and quality;
  • Identify key strategies for designing and delivering safer/higher quality healthcare;
  • Explain the critical role that microsystem and macro system leadership has for patient safety and quality;
  • Describe how a healthcare system should respond when the outcomes of healthcare design and delivery are not optimal; and
  • Develop and present a patient safety/quality improvement project.

Registration is limited to 25 participants.  Visit for more information. Register before August 10, 2013 to receive the reduced rate of $2,250; the registration fee for students and residents is $500.

Continuing education credits are available from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Alberta College of Pharmacists, and the College of Health Services Executives.

The Patient Safety and Quality Management Certificate program is offered through W21C (Ward of the 21st Century), the Health Quality Council of Alberta and the University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education.