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Ophthalmology: Closed Claims Analysis (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Ophthalmologists. Other interested healthcare providers are also welcome to participate.

 Description: An adverse surgical event led to a professional liability claim against the primary care physician, the referring ophthalmologist, the retinal specialist, the anesthesiologist, the surgery center, and the surgery center nurse. Using an event chronology, this monograph traces the errors and contributing factors as they unfolded, illustrating the pitfalls, and presenting risk reduction strategies for the ophthalmologist.

Original Release Date: September 4, 2012
Review Date:
Expiration Date: March 16, 2020

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1) Explain why the typical claim of malpractice can be described as the perfect storm.
2) Describe the relationship of the surgeon to the other healthcare providers in the event of adverse events and professional liability.
3) Identify several risk reduction strategies for the ophthalmologist.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 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, 'Ophthalmology: Closed Claim Analysis ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Ophthalmology



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

Disclosure Policy - Read

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

About the Authors: Kenneth E. Rhea, M.D., FASHRM - Read Bio

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

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

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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