This activity originally released as Driving Excellence: Tools and Strategies for Managing Quality and was available between December 12, 2019, and December 12, 2022. The content was reviewed in June 2022.
NOTE: This course includes 2021 CAP accreditation checklist requirements. Please check your current CAP accreditation checklists for the most recent updates.
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. It also includes a 15-question assessment.
After completing this activity, 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.
Ericka Olgaard, DO, FCAP
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 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.
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This activity and evaluation are available December 13, 2022 and expire December 12, 2025 12:00 AM (ET). You must claim credit by this date and time.