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Video Camera being held


  • Case based
  • Discussion questions
Male physician sitting with two female medical students

Text cases

  • From the CMPA's experience
  • Discussion questions
Male physician talking with one female medical student while sitting with another

Role plays

  • Scenarios and scripts
  • Discussion questions
Female physician pointing out a graph to two medical students


  • Storytelling and narratives
  • Class activities
Pregnant woman undergoing ultrasound

Just in time teaching

  • At the bedside or point of care
Elderly female patient being looked after

Suggestions for teaching

  • Facilitator's manual
  • Additional links


The faculty section contains educational assets to help teach many of the key patient safety principles presented in the student section.

An accompanying Faculty Guide (PDF) provides tips and suggestions for using the student and faculty sections effectively.

The value of good practices

Good practices are ways of thinking and acting that the CMPA believes will help physicians provide safe care to patients and reduce medical-legal risk.

These are practices that doctors can rely on.

Faculty resources

Each domain has a number of resources to help faculty teach the core content in the student section.
Patient safety

1. Patient safety

Safety — a core value
Human factors

5. Human factors

Influences on performance

2. Teams

Working together to make things better
Adverse events

6. Adverse events

When things go wrong

3. Communication

Key to safe patient care

7. Professionalism

Medicine's contract with society
Managing risk

4. Managing risk

Reducing risk improves patient safety
Faculty Resources Index

Faculty Resources Index

Resources for teaching

The Canadian Medical Protective Association

The CMPA provides its physician members with medical-legal advice, legal assistance related to clinical practice, and risk management education. The CMPA is funded and operated on a not-for-profit basis for physicians, by physicians. Its membership comprises most practising physicians in Canada.

The CMPA provides an extensive, evidence-based education program for physicians on managing risk in practice and providing safe care.

Learn more about the CMPA.


The CMPA appreciates the significant help of the many faculty and students of Canadian medical schools, health professionals, and legal counsel who contributed to this guide.

Copyright and using this guide

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DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this learning material is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific professional medical or legal advice, nor to constitute a "standard of care" for Canadian healthcare professionals. The use of CMPA learning resources is subject to the foregoing as well as the CMPA's Terms of Use.