EuroDEM 2018


Welcome to the second European Conference on Diagnostic Error in Medicine in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The conference will be an excellent platform to present the latest research and policy initiatives on diagnostic quality and safety, and to network with international peers active in this field.

This conference will host multi-disciplinary speakers from a range of scientific domains involved in improving diagnosis, including psychology, medical education, clinical and laboratory medicine, human factors engineering, epidemiology, informatics, and quality and safety research.

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The conference is organized in collaboration with Patient Safety Switzerland.

This conference is in English. 


Sponsors and Supporters

Mundipharma Medical Basel









EBSCO Information Services GmbH Berlin - Germany



Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselpital University Hospital Bern




Scientific Committee

  David Schwappach, MD, MPH. Patient Safety Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland

Jason Maude. Isabel Healthcare, Haslemere, United Kingdom


Juliane Kämmer, PhD. Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany


Laura Zwaan, PhD, Co-Chair. Institute for Medical Education Research, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherland


Maarten ten Berg. Department of Clinical Chemistry and Haematology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherland


Wolf Hautz, MD, MME, Chair. Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital University Hospital Bern, Switzerland


Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital University Hospital Bern, Switzerland

Ms. Sascha Fischer
BBS Congress GmbH


The call for abstracts is now closed. Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Decisions on acceptance will be communicated by May 15, 2018.



Day 1 | Day 2 | Junior Researchers

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Thursday, August 30 2018

8.00 - 9.00


9.00 - 9.15

Welcome and Introduction
Dr. h.c. Uwe E. Jocham, General Manager, Insel Gruppe AG

Mark Graber, MD, FACP, President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Illinois, USA
Prof. Dr. Aristomenis Exadaktylos, Director, Dept. Of Emergency Medicine at Inselspital Bern

9.15 - 10.00

The global Burden of Diagnostic Error
Sir Liam Donaldson, WHO Envoy for patient safety, WHO, Geneva

10.00 - 10.30

Safer Systems For Safer Diagnosis: Lessons From a Decade of Research to Help Pave the Road Ahead
Prof. Dr. Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, Veterans Affairs Health Services Research Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

30 min.

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30

Diagnostic Decision Support in General Practice

Prof. Dr. Olga Kostopoulou, Imperial College London, UK

11.30 - 12.00

Diagnostic Error from a Patient Perspective

Sue Sheridan, Director of Patient Engagement, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Illinois, USA

12.00 - 12.30

Plenary Poster Pitches (I)

Moderator: Laura Zwaan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute for Medical Education Research Rotterdam iMERR, Erasmus MC, The Netherlands

90 min.

Poster viewing & Lunch break

14.00 - 15.30

Oral presentations selected from participant abstracts

30 min.

Coffee break


Parallel Workshops & Seminars

16.00 - 17.30

1 Workshop: Diagnosing and Remediating Diagnostic Error in Residency Education
Prof. Dr. Marie-Claude Audetat and Prof. Dr. Mathieu Nendaz, Unité de Développement et de Recherche en Éducation Médicale (UDREM), Université de Genève

2 Workshop: Practical Solutions to Diagnostic Error
Dr. Gordon Caldwell, Consultant Physician, Lorn & Islands Hospital, Oban, UK
Dr. Tobias Mueller
Head of Digital Transformation, Rhön-Klinikum AG, Germany
Jason Maude, CEO & Co-Founder Isabel Healthcare, UK

3 Seminar: When Diagnostic Testing Leads to Harm
Moderator: Maarten ten Berg, PharmD, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
An Overview on Testing-Related Error
Paul Epner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Illinois, USA
Laboratory-Testing Related Error
Dr. Mario Plebani, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology, Dean Medical School, University of Padova, Italy
Diagnostic Error in Radiology
Dr. Cecile Ravesloot, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Radboud UMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

17.30 - 18.00

Plenary poster pitches (II)

Moderator: Laura Zwaan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute for Medical Education Research Rotterdam iMERR, MC Erasmus, The Netherlands

18.00 - 18:30

Ask the Expert Session – Interactive Discussion with Presenters from the Day
Moderator: Wolf Hautz, MD, MME, Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital Bern

open end

Conference Dinner
Preregistration required, dinner at your own expense. For details please check registration page.

Friday, August 31 2018

8.00 - 9.00


9.00 - 9.15

Welcome and Announcements
Wolf Hautz, MD, MME, Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital Bern

9.15 - 10.00

Medical Decisions and Heuristic Reasoning
Prof. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer, Director Harding Center for Risk Literacy, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

10.00 - 10.30

An Adaptive Toolbox for Diagnostic Decision Making: Smart Heuristics, Social Intelligence and Transparent Representations
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaissmaier, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany

30 min.

Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30

Overdiagnosis as one form of Diagnostic error
Christina Naaktgeboren, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

11.30 - 12.00

Plenary poster pitches (clinical cases)
Moderator: Laura Zwaan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute for Medical Education Research Rotterdam iMERR, MC Erasmus, The Netherlands

90 min.

Poster viewing & Lunch break

13.30 - 14.00

Machine Learning and Diagnostic error

Dr. Mirjam Jenny, Lead Scientist, Harding Center for Risk Literacy, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany


Parallel Workshops & Seminars

14.00 - 15.30

4 Seminar: Technical Solutions
Moderator: Maarten ten Berg, PharmD, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Machine learning of skin presentations
Art Papier, MD, CEO of VisualDX, Rochester, USA
Machine learning in radiology
Kerstin Ritter, PhD, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Deep Learning versus Rules Based DDx Generators
Jason Maude, CEO & Co-Founder Isabel Healthcare, UK

5 Workshop: Using Quality Improvement Techniques to reduce Diagnostic Error

Paul Epner, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Illinois, USA

6 Seminar: Disease Specific Presentations
Moderator: Laura Zwaan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute for Medical Education Research Rotterdam iMERR, Erasmus MC, The Netherlands
Stroke Misdiagnosis
David Newman-Toker, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Improving the Diagnosis of Cancer: Recent UK Initiatives, Ongoing Research Priorities, Potential Lessons for other Disease Areas and Health Systems
Georgios Lyratzopoulos, MD, FFPH, FRCP, MPH, DTM&H, Epidemiology of Cancer Healthcare & Outcomes (ECHO) Research Group, University College London, UK
Diagnostic Error in Emergency Medicine
Juliane Kämmer, PhD, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany & Wolf Hautz, MD, MME, Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital Bern

30 min.

Coffee break

16.00 - 16.30

Summing it up: Lessons learned from this conference. Audience response session

Mark Graber, MD, FACP, President, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Illinois, USA

16.30 - 17.00

Closing Remarks

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Junior Researchers

Inviting Junior Researchers Attending DEM Europe to a Special Preconference Session

Are you a researcher Intrigued by the topic of diagnostic error? Want to do a project but overwhelmed with complexity of topic or methods? If yes, then this session is for you.

Diagnostic safety research involves multiple disciplines (e.g. medicine, psychology, and epidemiology) and collaboration is key. In this introductory meeting for junior researchers, we will discuss some opportunities and challenges of studying diagnostic error. We will highlight strengths and limitations of commonly used research methods as well as offer some informal lessons we have learned over the past decade. We will offer tips that might help your research career (e.g. getting your paper published, applying for grants) and as an added plus, you can network with other junior researchers in the field.

Target participants:
Junior researchers (anyone who recently started conducting research on diagnostic safety or is thinking about doing so).

Your hosts:
Laura Zwaan, PhD and Hardeep Singh, MD MPH

Wednesday August 29, 16.00-18.00h followed by a networking dinner.

Insel Hospital, Bern Switzerland (exact location will follow)

The meeting is free of charge if you registered for the DEM conference, but dinner is at your own expense.

Email to Laura Zwaan (



Marie-Claude Audétat, M.Ps., Ma (Ed), Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva. Since May 2014, she is in charge of the axis of educational research in the Primary Care Unit at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Ms Audétat is involved in innovative projects regarding clinical reasoning and faculty development in the Unit of Development and Research (UDREM).

She is also Associate Professor in the department of Family and Emergency Medicine at the Université de Montréal, Canada, where she served as Faculty Development Director, from 2010 to 2014.

Paul Epner, MBA, is the Executive Vice President of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). He is also the co-founder and a Director for SIDM as well as the Chair of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, a multi-organization collaboration in the U.S.. Mr Epner serves as Immediate Past President of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) where he also leads the Increasing Clinical Effectiveness (ICE) initiative. In addition to his focus on diagnostic error, Mr Epner has been a thought leader on the role that clinical laboratorians should take to improve patient outcomes and health care delivery effectiveness.

Wolfgang Gaissmaier, PhD, has been a Full Professor of Social Psychology and Decision Sciences at the University of Konstanz, Germany, since 2014. His research investigates how people make decisions under uncertainty and how risks can be communicated more successfully to help people make better decisions, particularly in medicine. Mr Gaissmaier received his PhD in 2007 (Free University Berlin) and his habilitation (venia legendi) in 2013 (University of Heidelberg). For many years, he worked as Chief Research Scientist at the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Wolfgang Gaissmaier’s work has been published in leading psychological and medical journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Annual Review of Psychology, Cognition, Health Psychology, JAMA, PNAS, and Psychological Science. He received numerous awards, including the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements by the Max Planck Society (2008), a fellowship at the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2012-2017), a rising star nomination by the Association for Psychological Science, and an award for excellent teaching and being a positive role model by the students of the University of Konstanz (2016).

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and partner of Simply Rational - The Institute for Decisions. He is former Director of the Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) Center at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and at the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law at the University of Virginia. In addition, he is Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences and Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Basel and the Open University of the Netherlands, and is Batten Fellow at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia. Awards for his work include the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences, the Association of American Publishers Prize for the best book in the social and behavioral sciences, the German Psychology Award, and the Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation. His award-winning popular books Calculated Risks, Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, and Risk Savvy: How to make good decisions have been translated into 21 languages. His academic books include Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart, Rationality for Mortals, Simply Rational, and Bounded Rationality (with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel Laureate in economics). In Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions (with Sir Muir Gray) he shows how better informed doctors and patients can improve healthcare while reducing costs. Together with the Bank of England, he is working on the project “Simple heuristics for a safer world.” Gigerenzer has trained U.S. federal judges, German physicians, and top managers in decision making and understanding risks and uncertainties.

Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP, is a Senior Fellow at RTI International, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and President of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Dr Graber is a leader in the field of patient safety and originated the U.S. Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2002, an event now recognized internationally. He is also a pioneer in efforts to address diagnostic errors in medicine. In 2008, he originated the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference series, in 2011 he founded the Society to Improve Diagnosis and in 2014 he launched a new journal, DIAGNOSIS, devoted to improving the quality and safety of diagnosis, and reducing diagnostic error. Dr Graber received the 2014 John M Eisenberg Award from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, recognizing individual achievement advancing patient safety.

Mirjam Jenny is the head research scientist of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB). Her research in decision making and risk literacy is located at the intersection of psychology, computer science, and medicine. Currently, she is developing decision aids for the medical domain, for example, fast and frugal decision trees for emergency medicine and anesthesiology using machine learning methods. Being actively engaged in the German health care landscape she hopes to improve the medical decisions of patients, doctors, and institutions. After receiving her PhD in psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, she spent her postdoc at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the MPIB where she won the Otto Hahn Medal awarded by the Max Planck Society. She then moved into the health care sector and spent one year at the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians as a data scientist.


Juliane Kämmer is a psychologist by training. She received her diploma in 2009 and her PhD in 2013 from the Humboldt University Berlin. Since 2009, she is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, first as a Predoc and then as a Postdoc. Currently, she is the Head Research Scientist at the AG Progress Test Medicine at the Charité Medical School Berlin. Ms Kämmer enjoys research at the intersection of psychology, medicine, medical education and computer science. She is interested in medical decision making, particularly diagnostic decision making in the emergency room and the role of teams in the diagnostic process.

Yoryos (Georgios) Lyratzopoulos, MD, FFPH, FRCP, MPH, DTM&H, is Professor of Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Research UK Advanced Clinician Scientist Fellow at University College London (UCL). He leads the Epidemiology of Cancer Healthcare and Outcomes (ECHO) Group; and the UCL component of the CanTest Research Collaborative, supported by the inaugural Cancer Research UK Population Health Catalyst award ( He is also part-time affiliated to the University of Cambridge and the Public Health England National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service. His research focuses on the predictors and outcomes of diagnostic timeliness in the diagnostic process for cancer patients who present with symptoms; the evaluation of new diagnostic strategies; and cancer patient experience. Mr Lyratzopoulos was previously National Institute for Health Research (UK) Post-Doctoral Fellow (2012-14) and has worked in the English National Health Service as a hospital doctor (internal medicine) and as a public health physician. He has also worked as clinical adviser to NICE’s interventional Procedures Programme 2006-2011. To June 2017, he has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers, two thirds of which as first/last author . He was awarded the Cancer Research UK ‘Future Leaders’ Prize in 2016, which recognises individuals who have produced world-leading research during their first 10 post-doctoral years.


Tobias Mueller has an educational background in computer science and medicine. Since 2014, he is working at the center for undiagnosed and rare diseases at the university clinic, Marburg, Germany. Established in December 2013, the center assists patients and physicians with diagnostic proposals in complex cases. The inquiries are generally patient initiated and the center is open to the general public. Dr. Mueller’s research activities focus on the evaluation of computerized decision support tools in rare and undiagnosed diseases and epidemiological aspects of these patient group. Since 2017, he also serves as head of digital tranformation for Rhön-Klinikum AG, a private healthcare provider with hospitals in five locations and about 16,500 employees across Germany.


Mathieu Nendaz is an internist at the Geneva University Hospitals and trained in health professions education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is presently also Director of the Unit of Development and Research (UDREM) and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. His research interests include Internal Medicine and Medical Education. In this field, he is particularly interested in decision-making, clinical reasoning, clinical supervision, and interprofessional issues. He is deeply involved in direct teaching, clinical supervision and training, as well as in the development and organization of teaching concepts and medical curriculum.

David Newman-Toker, MD PhD, is an internationally-recognized leader in neuro-otology, acute stroke diagnosis, and the study of diagnostic errors. He completed his training at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has served as a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 2002. He is Professor of Neurology, Otolaryngology, and Ophthalmology, with joint appointments in Emergency Medicine, Acute Care Nursing, Health Sciences Informatics, Epidemiology, and Health Policy & Management. Dr Newman-Toker’s clinical and research focus is in diagnosis of acute disorders affecting the brainstem and cranial nerves, particularly stroke. He serves as Director of the Division of Neuro-Visual & Vestibular Disorders in the Department of Neurology. He also directs the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence whose mission is to catalyze efforts to improve diagnostic performance, develop the science of diagnostic safety, and enhance diagnostic research. He has been the principal investigator for multiple NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. Mr Newman-Toker has published over 100 journal articles and given more than 200 invited lectures on dizziness and diagnostic errors. He is a leader in the national and international movements to eliminate patient harms from diagnostic error. He has served as an expert consultant on diagnostic safety and quality to AHRQ, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Quality Forum. He currently serves as President-Elect of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and as well as Chair of SIDM’s Policy Committee.

Mario Plebani obtained his medical degree summa cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Padova in 1975. He completed residency training and specialization in Laboratory Medicine (1978), and subsequently in Gastroenterology (1983), at the same University. He is full Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine, University of Padova and Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University-Hospital of Padova. He is also the Dean of the Medical School of the University of Padova and Chief of the Center of Biomedical Research (a specialized Center for quality in laboratory medicine for the Veneto Region). Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquimica, he served as President of the International Society of Enzymology for four years (2004-2008), as President of the Italian Society of Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Clinical Biology for five years (in 2003 and from 2007 to 2009) and President of the federation of Italian Societies of Laboratory Medicine (FISMeLAB) from 2009 to 2012.

Prof. Plebani is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and Editor in Chief of Diagnosis.

He has published 1100 full papers, more than 900 abstracts and several books and book chapters, HI 88 (20.351 citations with an average per year of 371 citations), and an Impact Factor of 984.495 in the last three years. His main areas of research are quality management in laboratory medicine, diagnostic and laboratory errors, biomarkers in cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and in vitro allergy diagnostics.

Kerstin Ritter, PhD, is a mathematician, specialized on developing machine learning techniques for analyzing neuroimaging data in various disease contexts (e.g. multiple sclerosis, dementia or obsessive-compulsive disorder). Since October 2017, she is P.I. in the DFG-funded project “Deep Learning for neuroimaging-based disease decoding” at the Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin). Additionally, she was recently awarded a Rahel-Hirsch scholarship.

Susan E. Sheridan, MIM, MBA, DHL, currently serves as the Director of Patient Engagement for the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) where she spearheads efforts to ensure that the patient and family perspective informs all facets of SIDM’s work to improve diagnostic accuracy and timeliness while reducing harm caused by diagnostic errors.

Prior to her work at SIDM, Ms Sheridan served as Patient and Family Engagement Adviser at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where she helped integrate the Person and Family Engagement Strategy throughout the CMS community. Previous to her joining CMS, Ms Sheridan served as the Director of Patient Engagement for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where she lead the Patient Engagement team, who developed and implemented programs and processes to encourage meaningful engagement of patients and other stakeholders in all of PCORI’s activities and the research that they funded.  Before joining PCORI, she was the external lead of the Patients for Patient Safety program at the World Health Organization (WHO), where she helped develop and implement a global network of patients who built country and regional strategic plans for patient engagement for various WHO initiatives. Ms Sheridan had previously spent 10 years in patient advocacy inspired by adverse family experiences in the healthcare system. She cofounded and is past president of Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (brain damage from jaundice), who engaged with the healthcare system to implement a new standard of care in jaundice management. She is also cofounder of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, which helps organizations engage patients as partners in developing patient-safety solutions. Prior to her leadership in patient engagement, she worked as a finance banker for international trade. Sue received her BA from Albion College, her MIM and MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and her DHL from Adrian College.

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H., is Chief of Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program at the VA Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety and a Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He leads a portfolio of patient safety research in improving the use of health information technology and reducing diagnostic errors. His research has informed several national and international patient safety initiatives and policy reports, including those by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the IOM), US Department of Health and Human Services, National Quality Forum, American Medical Association, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, OECD and the WHO. Mr Singh has received several prestigious awards for pioneering work in the field, including the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award in 2012, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2014 and the VA Health System Impact Award in 2016.

Maarten ten Berg, PharmD, PhD, is a clinical chemist at the Department of Clinical Chemistry and Hematology of the University Medical Center Utrecht. In the clinical laboratory, he is professionally responsible for pre-analysis and clinical trial services. Mr ten Berg’s ambition is to establish a patient-oriented laboratory service that contributes to safe and effective patient care. As a trained epidemiologist he works toward this goal by conducting clinical and observational research using large clinical databases, currently focused on test utilization management.

Laura Zwaan, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR) of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. Ms Zwaan has a background in cognitive psychology and epidemiology and obtained a PhD degree on Diagnostic reasoning and Diagnostic error in medicine from the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She received prestigious VENI and Erasmus MC fellowship grants for her research on diagnostic reasoning. She has (co-)authored more than 25 publications in the field of patient safety. In addition to her work as a researcher, she was the chair of the Diagnostic Error in Medicine 1st European conference in 2016 and the chair of the research committee of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in medicine (SIDM) from 2015-2017. Ms Zwaan is on the editorial board of the journal Diagnosis.

Wolf Hautz, MD, MME is assistant professor of medical education and senior attending physician in emergency care at Inselspital University Hospital Berne, Switzerland. His training is in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, ultrasound and educational research. His research focuses on diagnostic decision making under ill-defined conditions and on collaborative decisions in particular. He has published more than 30 peer reviewed papers and is chair of the 2nd European Conference on Diagnostic Error to be held in Berne in August.



The conference will take place at:

Kinderklinik (Childrens Hospital)

Ettore Rossi (lecture hall Ettore Rossi)

Inselspital University Hospital Bern, Switzerland


Getting There

By plane: Bern has a small airport with connections to only a few European cities. Larger airports are located in Basel and Zurich, both with decent train connections to Bern (one-hour train ride). Geneva has another international airport, around 2 hours by train.
By train: Bern Hauptbahnhof (Bern central station) is a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute bus ride from Inselspital. Take bus number 12 heading to “Holligen” and get off at “Inselspital”, not “Inselplatz”.
By car: Exit A1 at “Forsthaus / Inselspital” and follow the signs to “Inselspital”, about 5 minutes by car from the highway. Parking at and around Inselspital is very limited and expensive. We advise you not to come by car.


From AMEE 2018 Basel: AMEE will generously offer a free transfer to participants of both conferences.


Fees (Swiss Francs)


Early Bird*




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* Early bird registration ends June 10, 2018.

Fees listed are in Swiss Francs (CHF).  Conversion




Reduced fees for full time students, PhD students, non-physician health professionals such as nurses, lab technicians, physician assistants, physiotherapists; (proof required at on-site registration)


Participants of AMEE 2018 receive a 10% discount. Discount will be payed on-site upon request (AMEE badge required).


Registration fee includes: conference participation and lunch and coffee breaks but not accommodations, travel, transport, or dinner. Participation in the "Meet the faculty" dinner is at your own expense.


Dinner on August 30, 2018: Restaurant close to conference premises and for EuroDEM participants only. Costs CHF 60 (payable with the registration fee) including salad/grill/dessert buffet and beverages.


Cancellation fee
Cancellation until August 1, 2018: CHF 30
Cancellation after August 1, 2018: No refund


Please note: Book your accommodation in Bern early.

Please check hotel availability as soon as possible. We recommend that you book your hotel at You may also contact the tourist office if you need assistance.


The “2nd European Conference on Diagnostic Error in Medicine, Bern, Switzerland, 30/08/2018-31/08/2018” has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 10 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

30 August: 6 credits
31 August: 4 credits

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