1972: Arming Yourself for a Medical Malpractice Battle, Part 1

Jackson, TN US
May 21, 2024

Course Description

A medical malpractice lawsuit and attendant navigation of the legal system can be the most stressful event in a provider's career and can lead to emotional trauma, burnout, distrust of patients, over-ordering of tests, and other consequences that present a risk to patient safety and the wellbeing of the provider. Many of these consequences are due to a lack of understanding of the process and a feeling of loss of control. A better understanding of the legal process and elements of a malpractice case will help to reduce those consequences and feelings as well as educate providers on proactive measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of medical error. This seminar (Part 1) will examine in detail an actual malpractice lawsuit from the pre-suit events through the deposition phase and will include reenactment of actual deposition testimony dissecting the positives and negatives of the provider’s testimony. Topics such as effective communication and improved documentation will be discussed not only from a patient safety standpoint, but also as they relate to the defense of a malpractice claim. 

Learning Objectives
  1. Summarize the elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit
  2. Explain how the standard of care affects the defensibility of a malpractice claim/lawsuit as well as patient outcomes
  3. Evaluate the duty of a specialist, the role of authoritative texts, and the importance of accurate documentation

Credit Awarded

  • 10% Premium Credit for Physician Policyholders
  • CME Credit for Physicians
  • Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians
Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/21/2024 - 11:00am
Event ends: 
05/21/2024 - 1:00pm
J. Walter Barnes Auditorium
620 Skyline Drive
Jackson, TN 38301
United States


Wendy L. Longmire, JD

CME Information

Accreditation:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) and State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company (SVMIC). The UTCOM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation:  The UTCOM designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA:  This program is eligible for two (2) credit hours in Category 2 of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association. Physicians will need to submit a letter of completion from the University of Tennessee directly to the AOA to receive CME credits, or AOA members may self-report the activity.

AAFP:  The AAFP has reviewed Arming Yourself for a Medical Malpractice Battle, Part 1, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 01/01/2024 to 12/31/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education for Non-Physicians:  Non-physicians can obtain continuing education credits for attending activities that award AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ to physicians. Check with your licensure/certification board for confirmation. A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all non-physicians.


CME Disclosures

No commercial support was received for this activity. No speakers plan to discuss off-label use. No planners or speakers have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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