Course: Risk Management Rounds: Ophthalmology
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
Ophthalmology-specific risk management and patient safety.

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Risk Management Rounds

This course will use case histories to illustrate how avoidable claims arise and the general principles that the courts use in determining whether or not an ophthalmologist can be held liable for them.  By understanding these general principles, you will be better able to respond in a way that both protects your patient and minimizes your own legal exposure when faced with similar circumstances.
When you complete this course, you should be able to:
1. Use specific communication techniques with patients that can help improve patient care and prevent lawsuits.
2. Take the steps necessary to obtain genuinely informed consent.
3. Follow clinical protocols that can improve patient safety while lowering your risk of being sued.
4. Explain the patient safety and liability issues involved in allowing optometrists to co-manage patients undergoing refractive or cataract surgery.
Target Audience
This course is designed for ophthalmologists who want to improve patient safety and reduce their medical liability.
This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test, which enables learners to study at their leisure and internalize the content at their own pace.  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 online 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.


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