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Description: The course is designed to meet the needs of practicing health care professionals (including physicians and surgeons), graduate medical education program directors, department chairs, academic medical center administrators, hospital administrators and risk managers in healthcare institutions who must design 24/7 work schedules and implement effective fatigue risk management programs for health care delivery systems. This is the first CME course to provide health care institutions and professionals with practical knowledge and solutions regarding basic principles in the design of round-the-clock work schedules. The course will consist of an intensive series of lectures and workshops over a five-day interval interspersed with hands-on interactive training in the use of software modeling tools that will assist participants to evaluate the impact of work-schedule design on performance and patient safety. Participants will learn to address the everyday scheduling challenges that face medical practitioners and training program directors. Various professional organizations in the U.S. and legal/regulatory directives in other countries have imposed limits on the work hours of medical practitioners. However, none have provided guidance on how health care practitioners and institutions can best continue to provide 24/7 patient coverage while adhering to such policy directives. This course is designed to fill that important knowledge gap. This course will provide guidance on how to meet the needs of patients while adhering to best scheduling practices. Topics include recent advances in sleep medicine, occupational medicine, and patient safety related to physician work hours, handovers of patient care, and fatigue risk management programs designed to reduce the risk of medical errors, improve patient outcomes, and reduce occupational injuries to physicians. This course is also designed to meet the new ACGME Common Program Requirements (effective July 1, 2011) that obligate all ACGME-accredited residency training programs to: educate all faculty members and resident physicians in alertness and fatigue risk management processes; provide the training and tools necessary for training program faculty to implement structured hand-over processes that facilitate both continuity of care and patient safety; and manage the potential negative effects of fatigue on patient care, learning and resident physician well-being. ACCREDITATION The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 28 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Course Attendees Only: This activity meets the criteria for 9 hours of Risk Management credit(s) in Massachusetts. Risk management credit(s) were determined based on criteria outlined by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. Please check with your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming risk management credit(s). This course would meet the requirements of the State of Pennsylvania Board of Medicine for specific CME credits in the area of patient safety and/or risk management.

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Added: Tue Nov 01 2011

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