Course: Risk Management Rounds: Pediatrics, Second Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 5
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 4.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 8/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Risk management and patient safety for pediatricians.

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Risk Management Rounds
Second Edition

The most common reason behind malpractice claims against pediatricians is diagnostic errors.  Conditions cited include meningitis, appendicitis, congenital anomalies, and brain damage.  The second most common reason is alleged improper performance of procedures including diagnostic interviews and consultations, nonoperative procedures, prescriptions, general physical examinations and injections and vaccinations.  Pediatricians should know how to avoid these errors, and that’s why this course was developed.

Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:
1. Analyze a case scenario to determine whether it meets the criteria for malpractice.
2. Discuss four communication factors that often contribute to malpractice claims against pediatricians.
3. Name the characteristics of a defensible medical record.
4. Recognize risks associated with office and hospital practice.
5. Identify and avoid risks associated with informed consent and confidentiality in pediatric practice.

Target Audience
This course is designed for pediatricians and others that treat children who want to reduce their potential for liability and improve patient safety.

This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.

This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information
Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc.designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Estimated time to complete this course: 5 hours.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without support from any commercial interest.


No one in a position to influence course content has anything to disclose.

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