Understanding Variation Data Types and Methods

Online Course
June 1, 2016 - June 1, 2019

  • Course Description
  • Registration Information

Program (Course) Description
This course discusses the prime directives for understanding data. Examples of data used by clinics to make good decisions are provided. The principles of variation and how they are understood over time are included. The presenter explains how the learner can understand variation through the use of control charts and how to reduce decision errors through the use of these charts. Dr Fischer emphasizes the benefits of stable processes by controlling sources of variation.


Who Should Attend?
This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrators.


Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity participants will be able to:

  • Identify how to continuously improve processes
  • Identify how to use data to make good decisions
  • Understand variation...over time
  • Learn how to think statistically about our processes...over time by understanding how to identify, measure, understand, control sources of variation...over time

Physician Participation
Upon completion of viewing the online presentation, please follow the instructions at the end of the presentation to complete the evaluation.  Once the evaluation is completed, the user will be provided the option to print their certificate.

Program Registration Information

Registration Fees
UTHSCSA Faculty $25.00
Non-UTHSCSA $35.00


Continuing Medical Education Credit - Accreditation Statement
The Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Release date: June 1, 2013     Credits expire: June 1, 2019

Credit may be otained upon successful completion of the activity evaluation.

Continuing Medical Education Office
Phone: 1 (866) 601-4448 or (210)567-4491

Hardware/Software Requirements

Windows requirements
  • Microsoft® Windows XP, Windows 2003,Windows Vista®, or Windows 7
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 SP1 or later, Firefox® 2.0 or later
  • Windows Media® Player 9.0 or later
  • Broadband Internet connection (256 Kbps & above)
Mac requirements
  • Apple® Mac® OS X 10.4.8 or later
  • Apple Safari™ 2.0.4 or later or Firefox 2.0 or later
  • Microsoft Silverlight® 2.0 or later
  • Broadband Internet connection (256 Kbps & above)


Wayne G. Fischer, MS, PhD
Statistician - University of Texas Medical Branch / Galveston, TX
 ASQ Certified Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellence
ASQ Certified Quality Engineer
ASQ Certified Quality Auditor
Certified "Team Skills" Instructor and Facilitator
Certified "Improving Processes" Instructor and Facilitator

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Fischer has disclosed that he is a consultant/advisor for CRG Medical, Inc.

Course Director/Content Reviewer:

Jan E Patterson, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases and Pathology
Associate Dean for Quality and Lifelong Learning
Director, Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Patterson  has disclosed that she is a consultant/advisor for Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc as well as an investigator for the UT System and IHI. Her spouse, Dr. Thomas Patterson is a consultant/advisor for Basilea, Merck, Pfizer, and Toyoma as well as an investigator for Astellas, Basilea, Merck, and Pfizer. 


Leticia Bresnahan, MBA
Senior Project Coordinator
Center for Patient Safety & Health Policy
Financial Disclosure: Ms Bresnahan has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.