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 as well as quality and safety research.

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The conference is organized in collaboration with Patient Safety Switzerland.


Sponsors and Supporters

Mundipharma Medical Basel


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


Second European Conference on Diagnostic Error in Medicine Call for Oral and Poster Abstracts

Submission of abstracts is now open.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 17:00h Central European Time (CET).

SIDM is soliciting proposals for Oral and Poster Abstracts to be presented at the Diagnostic Error in Medicine, second European Conference being held Thursday, August 30, 2018 and Friday, August 31st, 2018.

Please submit your abstract here.


Possible Abstract Formats


Applied Innovations describe innovative programs addressing diagnostic error in medicine that have been piloted or implemented. These abstracts include information that allow session attendees to evaluate the replicability of such programs at their institutions. This category is intended for descriptive abstracts and more rigorous evaluations of programs can be submitted in the Scientific Abstract category. Any types of innovation are acceptable, including those related to practice management, educational programs, use of health information technology, etc.


Clinical Vignettes are cases or scenarios that highlight actual or potential diagnostic errors and have educational value for a wider audience. They include a brief discussion of the relevant scientific literature.


Scientific Abstracts report the results of original research related to diagnostic error in medicine and must contain quantitative or qualitative data.


Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Decisions on acceptance will be communicated by May 15th 2018.


The program is constantly updated as presenters confirm their presence.


Thursday, August 30th

Key Note: Sir Liam Donaldson, WHO Geneva: The Global Burden of Diagnostic Error

Hardeep Singh, VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, USA: System Level approaches to remediate diagnostic error

Olga Kostopoulou, Imperial College London: Diagnostic Decision Support in General Practice

Marie-Claude Audétat & Mathieu Nendaz, University of Geneva, Switzerland:
Workshop: Diagnosing and remediating diagnostic error in residency education
Jason Maude, Gordon Caldwell, UK & Tobias Müller, Marburg, Germany:
Workshop: Practical Solutions
Maarten ten Berg, University Medical Center Utrecht, NL, Paul Epner, USA, Mario Plebani, Italy, Kerstin Ritter, Charité Berlin, Germany
Workshop: When diagnostic testing leads to harm

Also Thursday: Dinner with faculty (small groups, own expense)


Friday, August 31st

Key Note: Gerd Gigerenzer, Max Planck Institute Berlin, Germany: Medical Decisions and Heuristic Reasoning

Wolfgang Gaissmaier, University of Konstanz, Germany: Title to follow
Christina Naaktgeboren, University Medical Center Utrecht, NL: Overdiagnosis as a form of Diagnostic error
Mirjam Jenny, Harding Center for Risk Literacy, Berlin, Germany: Machine Learning and Diagnostic Error
Art Papier, Boston, USA: Machine learning for skin presentations
Kerstin Ritter, Charité Berlin, Germany: Machine learning in radiology
Paul Epner, USA: Results of the practice improvement initiative by IHI and SIDM
David Newman Toker, Johns Hopkins, USA: Stroke Misdiagnosis

Georgios Lyratzopoulos, University College London, UK: Misdiagnosis in Cancer


List of speakers to be updated. 


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)


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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 expenses.


Please note: Book your accommodation in Bern early.

Coming Soon: A list of hotels near the conference venue.

Society to Improve
Diagnosis in Medicine
1501 Hinman Ave, #7B
Evanston, Il 60201