Patient Safety Activities

Patient Safety Activities

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The ABO Patient Safety Activity

The ABO Patient Safety Activity is designed to assess quality improvement knowledge, demonstrate valuable communication strategies, and promote team-based approaches to patient care. The educational activity covers topics such as the cause and incidence of medical errors, the Plan-Do-Study-Act improvement cycle, and the Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation Technique (SBAR).  The activity was created by a committee of subject matter experts in ophthalmology, patient safety, and quality improvement, and was developed according to standards established by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). To register for and access the ABO Patient Safety Activity, log in to your MOC Status Page.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Ophthalmology.  The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians. 
The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.


Other Patient Safety Pathways 

In addition to the ABO Patient Safety Activity and the ABMS-approved National Patient Safety Foundation Curriculum, a list of acceptable Patient Safety activities for ABO diplomates can be found below. These activities have been reviewed and pre-approved for ABO Patient Safety credit in order to provide diplomates with more options to satisfy the Patient Safety MOC requirement. 

Please note: Clicking the course links below will take you to the website for the activity’s sponsoring organization. The ABO is not responsible for the content or cost of these activities. CME credits are administered by the sponsoring organization.

Course Name Sponsor Location Description CME Cost
Wrong Site/Wrong IOL Surgery AAO Online Designed to educate users on best practices to avoid wrong site/wrong IOL surgeries, have users apply appropriate performance measures to cataract surgery cases, and track these performance measures over time for effectiveness and improvement in patient safety and quality of care. up to 20 free to members
PA Patient Safety Update InforMed Online Focuses on the importance of Cultural Competency and its effect on patient safety.  14 $75-140, depending on registration date
Patient Safety and Medical Errors Texas Medical Association (TMA) Online Discusses patient communication, evaluation and diagnosis, prescribing, procedures and supervision, systems-based improvement, and provider fatigue.  2 $20 members/
$40 non-members
Taking Time Out to Avoid Wrong Site Surgery University of Florida Board of Governors Self-Insurance Program Online Addresses common risk factors associated with wrong site, wrong patient and wrong procedure surgery, associated medico-legal implications for the practitioner, and preventive strategies.  1 $19.99

More activities will be added as they are reviewed and accepted. To submit a course for Patient Safety approval, contact