University of Pittsburgh

Presenter's Biography
Patrick Croskerry, MD, PhD

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Patrick Croskerry, MD, PhD

Pat Croskerry is a professor in emergency medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He holds a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Medical Education and in 2002 was appointed a senior clinical research scholar at Dalhousie. He has worked in the area of patient safety for the last 15 years.

His research is principally concerned with the impact of cognitive and affective error on clinical decision-making, specifically on diagnostic error. He has published over 50 articles and 24 book chapters in the area of patient safety and medical education reform. He has given over 300 presentations at local, national, and international levels. He is senior editor on a major text, Patient Safety in Emergency  Medicine (2008). His most recent paper, "A Universal Model of Diagnostic Reasoning" was published in Academic Medicine in August 2009.  

Eight years ago Croskerry implemented the first undergraduate course on medical error in Canada at Dalhousie University. In 2006, he received the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Ruedy Award for innovation in medical education. In the same year was appointed to the board of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Continuing Medical Education


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Other health care professionals are awarded 0.10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.