Course: Risk Management Rounds: Psychiatry, Second 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: 1/1/2018
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Risk management and patient safety information for psychiatrists.

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Risk Management Rounds
Psychiatry, 2nd Edition


Unlike most clinicians, psychiatrists can seldom rely on imaging studies, blood work, or other objective biologic testing to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis. In fact, when biologic testing does reveal an abnormality, it usually means referring the patient to a different medical specialty. All of which means that psychiatrists, more than almost any other specialty, must rely on their subjective judgment. And when your judgment is wrong, it’s all too easy for plaintiffs to produce expert witness testimony to the effect that, in retrospect, you should have known better.


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

1.  Identify the most common reasons why psychiatrists get sued for malpractice
2. Explain your obligations to maintain patient confidentiality under federal and state laws and list circumstances that would justify your breaching patient confidentiality.
3. Explain your duties during forensic psychiatric evaluation.
4.  Document patient care using practices that will reduce your liability while improving patient care.
5.  Identify steps that will reduce the chances of making a medication error.

Target Audience
This course is designed for psychiatrists who want to reduce their liability risk and improve patient outcomes.


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 January 1, 2018 and expires on December 31, 2021.

Estimated time to complete this course: 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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