Quality doesn’t just happen in a laboratory. It depends on everyone’s attention to it. This activity is designed to assist the laboratory medical director in the initiation of a quality management program that uses the right monitors and quality improvement tools to track laboratory performance and maintain quality standards through a series of interactive scenarios. The focus of this activity is on the laboratory medical director’s role and responsibilities, and it is organized into seven self-study interactive modules. These modules provide an overview of quality management in the medical laboratory including how to build your quality program around the 12 Quality System Essentials. In addition, you will learn techniques for the identification of errors and tips and techniques for conducting a laboratory self-inspection for further monitoring of your laboratory’s quality program.
After you’ve completed each module, a summary will be available for you to download and print.
Self-study modules include:
- Laboratory Quality Management 101 (20:00 minutes)
- Quality System Essentials (QSEs) (20:00 minutes)
- Documenting the Quality Management Plan (20:00 minutes)
- Documenting Quality Metrics and Monitors (20:00 minutes)
- Implementing the Quality Program (20:00 minutes)
- Conducting a Laboratory Self-Inspection (15:00 minute)
- Engaging in Quality Improvement (20:00 minutes)
After completing this SAM eligible activity and post-test, you should be able to:
- Initiate a quality management program that includes use of appropriate metrics and monitors for tracking the laboratory performance.
- Incorporate the Quality System Essentials (QSE) into a quality plan for the laboratory.
- Use a continuous quality improvement approach when investigating errors, incidents, and complaints that may interfere with patient care.
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a
maximum of 3
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CE (Continuing Education for nonphysicians): The CAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 credit(s) of continuing education. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the American Board of Pathology's (ABP) Continuing Certification (CC) requirements for Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs).
This activity is approved for continuing education credit in the states of California and Florida.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) accepts this activity to meet the continuing education requirements.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Section 3 Credit
Accreditation in Canada: This event is an Accredited Self Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association Canadienne des Pathologistes (CAP-APC). You may claim a maximum of 3 hour(s) equivalent to 9 credit(s).
You have a total of three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you correctly answer 70% or more of the post-test items, you may claim credit. CME/SAM credit can be applied to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Self-Assessment Module (SAM) requirements. You pass the post-test to claim credit; therefore, if you do not pass, you cannot claim any credit.
Attention Canadian Participants: You have three opportunities to take and pass the post-test. If you do not pass the post-test after three attempts, you may still claim CPD credit (self-assessment program credits) for this activity. Please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040 option 1 or email@example.com with the name of this activity and the date completed to request a letter of participation.
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College of American Pathologists
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Northfield, IL 60093-2750
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This activity and evaluation are available December 12, 2019 and expire December 12, 2022 12:00 AM (ET). You MUST claim credit by this date and time.