Building a Quality Management System - ELMQMGMNT12W.2022
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This adaptive learning activity is intended for pathologists who are new to laboratory management responsibilities.

Credit Type: CE, CME
Duration: 3 hours
Launch Date: December 15, 2022
Expiration Date: December 15, 2025 11:59 PM (CT)
Pricing: Junior Member Fee: $30.00
MOC Category: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Systems-Based Practice

This activity is part of the Essentials of Laboratory Management learning series.

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NOTE: This course includes 2021 CAP accreditation checklist requirements. Please check your current CAP accreditation checklists for the most recent updates.

This activity introduces the process of developing a quality laboratory management program and is an overview of quality management topics, building a quality plan, and developing a quality manual. Additionally, this activity focuses on understanding laboratory quality improvement, analyzing metrics, monitors, and controls, conducting laboratory assessments, and improving quality throughout the total testing process.

This adaptive activity offers a unique learner experience. By answering a series of questions that determine your existing knowledge, you will be prescribed a customized pathway that focuses on individual learning needs.

After completing this activity, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the purpose of the quality system essentials, quality management plan, quality manual, and regulations affecting laboratory operations.
  2. Examine approaches for investigating laboratory errors and incidents and in developing improvement initiatives.
  3. Describe a quality management program that includes use of appropriate metrics, monitors, and controls for tracking the laboratory performance.
  4. Identify approaches for managing laboratory assessments, interpreting results, and resolving failures.
  5. Explain the importance of quality laboratory management throughout the preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical total testing process.

David Anderson, MD, PhD, FCAP
Olaronke Akintola-Ogunremi, MD, FCAP
David Novis, MD, FCAP

CME/CE Information
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.

Below, you will find the financial disclosure relationships for anyone who was able to affect the content of this educational activity.

The CAP mitigates all the relevant financial relations listed for these individuals.

The following authors/planners/reviewers have no financial interests/relationships to disclose:
David Anderson, MD, PhD, FCAP
Olaronke Akintola-Ogunremi, MD, FCAP
David Novis, MD, FCAP

The following authors/planners/reviewers have financial interests/relationships to disclose:

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Payment Information
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College of American Pathologists
CAP Learning
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, IL 60093-2750

Refund Policy
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This activity and evaluation are available December 15, 2022 and expire December 15, 2025 at 11:59 PM (CT). Upon completion of the activity your credit will be awarded. Your certificate may be downloaded from your Transcript.


Non-Member Price:   $156.00  
Member Price:  $120.00   

Building a Quality Management System