Required Content and Definitions

A. The content of the HIV/AIDS education course must include the following:

    • Modes of transmission (including transmission from healthcare worker to patient and patient to healthcare worker)
    • Infection control procedures (including universal precautions)
    • Epidemiology of the disease and related infections including TB
    • Clinical management
    • Prevention
    • Current Florida law on AIDS and its impact on testing, confidentiality of test results and treatment of patients; and
    • any protocols and procedures applicable to human immunodeficiency virus counseling and testing, reporting, the offering of HIV testing to pregnant women, and partner notification issues pursuant to ss. 381.004 and 384.25.

B. The Domestic Violence education course shall consist of the following:

    • Information on the number of patients in that professional's practice who are likely to be victims of Domestic Violence and the number who are likely to be perpetrators of Domestic Violence
    • Screening procedures for determining whether a patient has any history of being either a victim or a perpetrator of Domestic Violence
    • Instruction on how to provide such patients with information on, or how to refer such patients to, resources in the local community, such as Domestic Violence centers and other advocacy groups, that provide legal aid, shelter, victim counseling, or child protection services.

C. The Prevention of Medical Errors course must include a study of the following:

    • Root cause analysis
    • Error reduction and prevention
    • Patient Safety

M.D. course

The course must include information relating to the five most mis-diagnosed conditions during the previous biennium, as determined by the Board (of Medicine). While wrong site/wrong procedure surgery continues to be the most common basis for quality of care violations, the following areas have been determined by the Board of Medicine as the five most mis-diagnosed conditions: cancer related issues; neurological/spine related issues; cardiac/stroke related issues; infectious/communicable diseases; pulmonary related issues.
*This list was edited in February of 2016

D.O. course

The course shall include a study of root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety. The course shall address medication errors, surgical errors, diagnostic inaccuracies, and system failures, and shall provide recommendations for creating safety systems in health care organizations. The course must include information relating to the five most mis-diagnosed conditions during the previous biennium, as determined by the Board. The following areas have been determined as the five most mis-diagnosed conditions:

    • Inappropriate prescribing of opioids in patients in whom there have been misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose addiction, psychiatric conditions and diversion;
    • Failure or delay in diagnosing cancer;
    • Retained foreign objects in surgery and wrong site/patient surgery;
    • Surgical complications/errors and pre-operative evaluations; and
    • Prescribing, dispensing, administering, or using non-FDA approved medications and devices.*
*This list was edited August of 2014