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General Surgery Claims and Case Study (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: General surgeons. Other interested healthcare providers are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: August 24, 2012
Review Date: May 31, 2017
Expiration Date: May 31, 2020

Description: On one occasion, a surgeon may make a technical error in the operating room but no claim of medical malpractice follows.  On another occasion, a technically perfect surgery may be followed by a claim of medical malpractice. Are there any patterns or predictors in the occurrence of claims? This self-paced monograph provides an overview of current medical malpractice claims data for general surgeons and also the findings from recently published studies about the causes of general surgery claims. Two studies in particular taken together provide the missing link between operative misadventure, adverse outcomes and claims. A general surgery case study of delayed diagnosis involving multiple other specialists is examined in relation to these findings.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1. Describe the relationship of adverse events to medical malpractice claims.
2. Identify the two elements which, when combined, are the most characteristic of general surgery claims.
3. State the single most important strategy for general surgeons to reduce their risk of claims.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 3 out of 4 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

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Disclosure:  The authors, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Authors: James E. Brown, M.D. and Ruth Ryan - Read Bios

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2012

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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