Course: Risk Management Rounds: OB/GYN, 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: 7/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Risk management and patient safety information for the obstetrician and gynecologist.

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Risk Management Rounds
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Second Edition

Fortunately, many malpractice suits are avoidable.  That’s because the majority of such claims are prompted not by physician negligence but by a combination of circumstances including systems failures, communication problems and patient anger—anger that, in most cases, can be anticipated and avoided or mitigated before she decides to contact an attorney.  Therefore, much of this course is directed at mitigating risk by learning to view your actions from patients’ perspectives and respond accordingly.
Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:
1. Discuss how communication with patients can help improve patient care and prevent lawsuits.
2. Apply principles of informed consent, implied consent and informed refusal in a variety of clinical situations.
3. Document patient care in a manner that reduces the risk of medical errors.
4. Explain how the doctor-patient relationship is formed and terminated in special circumstances, including contractual relationships, supervisory relationships, emergencies, coverage and on-call situations, and informal consultations.
5. Recognize the OBG’s duty to third parties such as spouses and sexual partners.
6. Recognize risks associated with specific procedures such as sterilization, and conditions including genetic and congenital issues, prescribing for pregnant patients, birth videos, breast cancer and ectopic pregnancy.
Target Audience
This course is designed for obstetricians and gynecologists who have a basic understanding of risk management.

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 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 5 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: 5 hours.

Commercial Support

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


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