2016 Annual Meeting

ASCP in collaboration with the APF

Room CC 618-620, March 13 2016, 1:30pm to 5:00pm


American Society for Clinical Pathology

Improving Diagnosis in Pathology: The IOM Report, Safety Culture, Teamwork, Effective Communication and More


Session Credits: 3 CME and 3 SAMs


Sunday, March 13, 2016
1:30 PM- 5:00 PM

Moderator: Omar Hameed, MD, FASCP, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Course Description:
The recently released Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, a continuation of the landmark Institute of Medicine reports To Err Is Human: Building A Safer Health System (2000), outlines goals to reduce diagnostic error and improve diagnosis. Tom Gallagher, a member of the IOM committee which wrote this report, will discuss the report goals and their potential impact for pathologists. High reliability organizations (HROs) have systems in place that make them exceptionally consistent in accomplishing these goals and avoiding potentially catastrophic errors. Elements of HROs and include preoccupation with failure, reluctance to simplify, robust communication, transparency and non-punitive response to error reporting. This course will discuss the goals outlined in the recent IOM report and their potential impact for pathologists, introduce the concepts of HRO and safety culture and describe how different components were independently implemented in two large pathology labs almost 2,500 miles apart.
Upon Completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  1. Discuss the recent IOM report: Diagnosis in Health Care
  2. Define High Reliability Organizations and identify the basic concepts of high reliability
  3. Recognize the importance of a positive safety culture, teamwork and robust communication practices in improving outcomes in anatomic pathology
  4. Evaluate the safety culture in participant workplace using standardized tools
  5. Recognize barriers in discussing pathology errors
  6. Utilize gained knowledge to Develop and Implement plans for expanding high reliability in Anatomic Pathology


1:30 PM Introduction and Overview
Omar Hameed, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
1:40 PM Improving Diagnosis in Heath care: Impact in Pathology
Thomas Gallagher, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2:50 PM High Reliability Practice and Safety Culture
Omar Hameed, MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
4:00 PM Communicating with Colleagues, Treating Clinicians and Patients
Suzanne Dintzis, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
4:45 PM Program wrap-up/Discussion


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