Course: Risk Management Consult: Failure to Diagnose, Second Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 1/1/2018
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Ways to prevent diagnostic errors in medicine

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Risk Management Consult
Failure to Diagnose, Second Edition

This is a course about learning to recognize and prevent the common communication errors that give rise to avoidable diagnostic failure claims.
After completing this course, a user should be able to:
1. Explain what constitutes a claim of failure to diagnose in a malpractice case.
2. Increase patient participation in their own health care.
3. Recognize the role of the medical record in preventing diagnostic errors
4. Utilize a variety of tools to improve the diagnostic process.
5. Use root cause analysis to prevent problems from recurring.

Target Audience
This course is designed for physicians of all specialties.
This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test, which enables learners to study at their leisure and internalize the content at their own pace.  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 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.

This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D. Their CVs are available online 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 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Estimated time to complete this course:  6 hours.

Nursing CE Information

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  Satisfactory completion of the test will earn the nurse 13.6 contact hours.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without support from any commercial interest.


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