Course: Risk Management Rounds: Physician, 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: 9/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Risk Management Rounds: Physicians

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Risk Management Rounds: Physicians, Case Studies, Second Edition


Although there’s no guarantee that they won’t be sued in today’s environment, physicians can take steps to minimize the risk. By minimizing liability risk, they also take steps to reduce the chance of medical errors, and therefore improve patient safety. As in health care, prevention is preferable to treatment— and that’s why this course was developed.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1. Determine whether a set of circumstances would meet the four elements of malpractice.

2. Discuss communication factors that often contribute to medical errors and jeopardize patient safety.

3. Identify the elements of a defensible medical record.

4. Analyze and apply criteria for legitimate informed consent.

5. Identify and avoid risks associated with medical technology and e-mail.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians who want proven ways to improve patient safety and reduce their liability.


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 can be found 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.

Faculty Disclosure

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

Nursing CE Info

CorExcel is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Satisfactory completion of the test will earn the nurse 10.4 contact hours.