Course: Risk Management Rounds: Pathology, 2nd Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 5
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 4.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 5/1/2015
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Risk management for pathologists.

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Risk Management Rounds
Pathology, 2nd Edition


While every lawsuit is unique, the majority of claims against pathologists ultimately arise from lapses in communication and record keeping that are both foreseeable and avoidable. By learning to recognize the circumstances that commonly give rise to such suits, you can prevent yourself from making the same mistakes.


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

1.  Identify the major medical misadventures and associated issues that most commonly underlie medical malpractice suits against pathologists.
2.  Discuss how better communication with the referring doctor can reduce medical errors, improve patient care, and reduce lawsuits.
3.  Understand how the courts define your duty in a variety of situations common to the practice of pathology.
4.  Discuss how to avoid communication errors between yourself and referring doctors.
5.  Understand how medical record documentation and maintenance affects patient care and your own liability.
6.  Discuss the legal duties and risks of testifying as an expert witness.

Target Audience
This course is appropriate for all pathologists.


This is a self-study course consisting of 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 5 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 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is valid for release May 1, 2019 and expires on December 31, 2021.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 5 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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