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Cognitive Debiasing Strategies - III (1 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Physicians of all specialties, residents, clinicians, and other healthcare providers engaged in patient care.

Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties engaged in diagnosis. Other interested healthcare providers are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: March 12, 2014
Review Date: March 31, 2017
Expiration Date: April 1, 2020

Description: Virtually by definition, physicians have a blind spot for their own biases. This activity, third in a series, aims to foster recognition of how bias derails the diagnostic process, and to arm participants with strategies to counter bias. These strategies include knowing what conditions predispose to which kinds of biases and errors; and how to improve diagnosis through metacognition, the deliberate selection of debiasing tools such as executive override, cognitive forcing and re-biasing. Presented by emergency medicine physician Pat Croskerry.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1) Recognize and counteract the high risk endogenous and environmental factors that foster bias and diagnostic error.
2) Describe a strategy for detecting and countering your affective bias against a patient.
3) State the ultimate cognitive forcing strategy in medical diagnosis.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' Cognitive Debiasing Strategies - III ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure:  The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Author: Patrick Croskerry, MD, PhD - Read Bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2014

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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