Course: Risk Management Rounds: Orthopaedics Plus, Vol. V with Pain Management
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 8/1/2017
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Current information on orthopaedic risk management and pain management

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Risk Management Rounds
Orthopaedics Plus, Vol. V with Pain Management


Orthopaedic surgeons are at greater risk of being sued for malpractice than most medical specialties. And certain opioid prescribing patterns can heighten that risk. This course will cover major sources of liability for orthopaedic surgeons and ways to mitigate those risks.


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

1.  Explain why malpractice claims alleging “improper performance” are more often the result of failure to properly educate the patient in obtaining informed consent than of surgical error.
2.  Identify patient factors that contribute to poor outcomes, and strategies to prevent them.
3.  Explain the importance of teamwork in risk management, and strategies for cultivating teamwork in your own practice.
4.  Outline strategies for pain control that minimize the risk to patients of developing opioid dependency.
5. Describe ways to identify drug abusers.

Target Audience

This course is designed for orthopaedists who need current information on risk management and appropriate pain management.


This is a self-study course consisting of online 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 6 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 6 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 activity: 6 hours.

Commercial Support

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


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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