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Sexual Abuse Claims Against Medical Providers: A Malpractice Defense Attorney's Perspective

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: MDs, nurses, MAs, and other clinical staff. Administration staff of risk managers, compliance, human resources, and legal (Human Potential, Legal and Compliance) are also invited to participate.

Course Description
Physical touch is not only essential to medical care, it humanizes the physician-patient relationship. It is also an aspect of care that is ripe for misunderstanding and misperception. Abuse can easily happen under the guise of therapeutic touch. Indeed, allegations of sexual misconduct are on the rise.

This one-hour presentation by defense attorney Peter Eidenberg will discuss best practices to prevent allegations of sexual wrongdoing and what to do if a patient makes a complaint. Peter will bring his insights from the courtroom to help you better understand how these situations arise, how plaintiff attorneys build cases, and the unique challenges to litigating sexual misconduct claims. You will not want to miss this opportunity to empower both you and your patients through better awareness of these issues.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the prevalence and trends in sexual abuse allegations.
  • Explain three best practices to prevent allegations of sexual misconduct.
  • List the appropriate actions to take when a patient makes a complaint.
  • Cite the two primary determinants of damages awarded to victims.

Faculty Information
Peter D. Eidenberg, Keating Jones Hughes, PC
A native of the Portland, OR area, Peter became a partner at Keating Jones Hughes in September 2013. He has successfully tried medical malpractice and professional liability cases in arbitration, state court, and federal district court. In addition to working on standard medical malpractice cases in Oregon and Washington, Peter has worked on numerous complicated cases involving alleged sexual misconduct by providers.

Planning Group
Cathy Reunanen, ARM, CPHRM, Senior Healthcare Risk Management Consultant, Physicians Insurance
Melissa Cunningham, Corporate Attorney, Physicians Insurance
Cryss. Toycen, CME Specialist, Physicians Insurance
Mesina McMurray, MPM, Content Development Project Manager, Physicians Insurance

CME Information

Category 1 credit is applicable throughout the United States.
Estimated time to complete this activity:  1 hour

Physicians in Washington who complete this course will fulfill the risk management education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.


Physicians Insurance/Experix is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians Insurance/Experix designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.


The content of this activity does not relate to any product or service of an ACCME-defined commercial interest; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose and no potential conflicts of interest.

The content will not include mention of unapproved or investigational uses or products or devices.

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Original release: October 2017
Last reviewed: December 2018
Expiration: October 2020

This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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