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Program Overview

This unique two-day medication safety workshop will be led by ISMP faculty and other selected medication safety experts who, based on their own real-world experiences in establishing and evaluating medication safety programs, will help you maximize your effectiveness in meeting today’s medication safety challenges.

When you attend ISMP’s Medication Safety Intensive, you will learn how to look at your organization “through the eyes of ISMP,” focusing efforts on medication-related issues that cause patient harm. You will engage in group discussions, take part in hands-on practice in error analysis, evaluate root causes related to medication errors, and learn how to effectively select high-leverage strategies to sustain safety efforts within your organization.

Upon completion of the workshop, you will be armed with the specific knowledge and tools needed to be successful in establishing an aggressive, focused medication safety program and the associated infrastructure for continued safety improvements.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive medication safety strategic plan and program
  • Discuss the role and responsibilities of the medication safety officer or individual(s) responsible for medication safety oversight
  • Identify the principles of Just Culture and the role of shared accountability in medication safety
  • Perform system-based medication error analysis
  • Utilize various data collection methods to identify medication risk
  • Discuss the application of the Lean Six Sigma approach to medication safety
  • Develop error-reduction strategies around the use of high-alert medications
  • Measure the effectiveness of error-reduction strategies that have been implemented

Who Should Attend

All practitioners with responsibility for medication safety oversight including:

  • Medication Safety and Patient Safety Officers/Managers
  • Risk and Quality Improvement Professionals
  • Directors of Pharmacy and Nursing
  • Chief Medical Officers

Continuing Education Information

Educational Review Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. This program is approved for up to 12 hours (1.2CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education. Statement of credit will be emailed within 4 to 6 weeks to participants who have successfully completed the post-test. Participants must participate in the entire presentation and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing pharmacy education credit.

ACPE # 0761-9999-14-026-L05-P; 0761-9999-14-026-L05-T

Educational Review Systems is also approved for pharmacy continuing education by the state of Florida.

Nursing continuing education provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This program has been assigned the Universal Program Number CEP 13677 and is approved for 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs) of continuing nursing education.

Fees & Registration

Register by January 31, 2015: $950

Early Registration: $1,025.00
(up to 21 days before program date)

Regular Registration: $1,195.00
(20 days or less before program date)

Space is limited so register today!

Workshop Dates & Locations


"We have made progress in reducing medication errors, but much more effort is needed. Medication safety practitioners, empowered with cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills, will be the ones who will lead the way.” ~ David W. Bates, MD, MSc, Chief, General Medicine Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Distinguished Faculty

Each workshop will feature speakers drawn from our
distinguished faculty.

Kelly Besco, PharmD, FISMP
Medication Safety Coordinator, Ohio Health, Columbus, OH

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP
Director, Error Reporting Programs, ISMP

Nicole MacLaughlin, PharmD, BCPS
Medication Safety Officer, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Susan Paparella, RN, MSN
Vice President, ISMP

Judy Smetzer, RN, BSN, FISMP
Vice President, ISMP

Lorraineá Williams, PharmD
Medication Safety Specialist, Cook Children’s Medical Center
Fort Worth, TX


Day 1:  
7:30 am – 8:00 am Sign-in
Continental Breakfast
and Welcome
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Program
Day 2:  
7:30 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 3:30 pm Program


Cancellations must be received in writing by email, mail or fax. Cancellations will be subject to a $100.00 processing fee for all cancellation requests received in writing at least 7 days prior to the start of the workshop. No refunds will be made after this time. If you plan to send someone in your place, please notify ISMP prior to arrival. In the unlikely event that ISMP must change the date or location of the program and a registrant is no longer able to attend as a result of the change, ISMP is responsible only for a refund of the registration fee and is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other costs incurred by the registrant.

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