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Risk Management and the Art of Medicine

Risk Management and the Art of Medicine

CME Certificate Fee: $75.00 (USD) for certificate
3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Estimated time to complete this activity: 3.00 hours

Author(s)/Editor(s): David Lickerman, MD
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: All author(s), contributor(s), editor(s), and CME Office Reviewer(s) state that they do not have any financial arrangements with commercial interests that could constitute a conflict of interest.
Further Author/Editor Information | Further CME Information
Meets Special CME Requirements in: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas     Learn More >>

Outcome Objectives:

As a result of completing this activity, the participant will be better able to:

  • Describe the legal obligations of physicians.
  • Cite the natural history of malpractice suits.
  • List the differences in behavior of nonsued and sued physicians.
  • Apply strategies for reducing medical malpractice risk.
  • Prove a claim of medical malpractice by citing required elements.

Learning Format: Case-based, interactive online course, including mandatory assessment questions (number of questions varies by course or module). Please also read the Technical Requirements.

CME Sponsor: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Credit Designation and Accreditation Statements >>
Current CME Approval Period: September 8, 2019 - September 7, 2022
Original Release Date: January 2, 2002
Most Recent Review by Author: September 8, 2019
Most Recent Review by CME Sponsor: September 8, 2019
Financial Support Received: None
Risk Management and the Art of Medicine
3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
Current CME Approval Period: September 8, 2019 - September 7, 2022
Financial Support Received: None

ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation Statement

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 Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson and Medulogic. The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Office Contact Information and CME Disclosure

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Office of Continuing Medical Education

The following University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson CME Reviewers, Activity Directors, or Planning Committee Members have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that could constitute a conflict of interest with the proposed activity:

Robert Amend, M.Ed.
Randa Kutob, MD

Risk Management and the Art of Medicine
About the Author

"Risk Management and the Art of Medicine CME" was written and developed by David Lickerman, MD, President of MeduLogic. It is excerpted from the CME-accredited CD-ROM program "Risk Management & The Art of Primary Care."

David Lickerman, MD is Medical Director of the Emergency Department at St. Joseph's Hospital West in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. He is also a System Medical Officer (SMO) of the Schumacher Group. He was formerly Associate Director of Emergency Medical Services at Christian Hospitals NE-NW in St. Louis, Missouri. His residency training was in Internal Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital-Washington University in St. Louis. His board certifications include Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Quality Improvement. He has written and lectured nationally on the subjects of risk management, medical quality improvement, and physician-patient communication. Most recently he co-authored a chapter entitled “Emergency Department Risk Management: Promoting quality and safety in a chaotic environment” in the fifth edition of Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations published by the American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers in 2006. Other software programs written by Dr. Lickerman, and published by MeduLogic, include "Clinical Communication and Risk Management Strategies for Emergency Medicine", "Risk Management & the Art of Primary Care", and "The Many Faces of Family Violence." Additional information about these other Risk Management CME programs is available at

Disclosure: Dr. Lickerman states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

Risk Management and the Art of Medicine
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User Comments
by Vijay Chand | Jun 29, 2020
by Robert Maiden | Apr 29, 2020
I believe answered a question correctly that the posttest had wrong. I could not go back and check the question. Perhaps, my reponse didn't take even though I clicked on it.
by Keith Fuleki | Apr 27, 2020
You may want to update the part about breast cancer - I would include (CURRENT) recommendations from (3) org's quite apart from the USPSTF - these would be, the cancer specialists recommendations (which you did include, but is outdated - you stated they recommend women start mammograms age 40 when they now state 45 is acceptable); however, you did not include the other (2) namely the radiologists' and OB/GYN's national org's. Both those groups recommend annual mammography starting at age 40, and again, even the oncologists' group recommends 40 as acceptable "with shared clinical decision-making." Finally - that one question in your post-test about a case from 1974 - with Dr. Calhill - I just think it is wrong - in the era of Telephonic medical care - this notion that, because Calhill was on the phone, he was not responsible, well. I think that was a 1974 thing, not a 2020 thing (think COVID). Thanks for reading.
by Gregory Clark | Apr 25, 2020
Nice research based non-biased overview.
by Hidden | Apr 23, 2020
This course was long, but I actually enjoyed every minute of it.
by Thomas Fessler | Feb 29, 2020
Good way to present the material
Risk Management and the Art of Medicine
This course meets general AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)TM requirements in states that have a CME requirement.

Based on information from state licensing authorities, this program meets special CME requirements in these states:

Connecticut Risk Management CME
Massachusetts Risk Management CME
Michigan Medical Ethics CME
Pennsylvania Risk Management / Patient Safety CME
Rhode Island Risk Management CME
Texas Medical Ethics / Professional Responsibility CME

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Risk Management and the Art of Medicine
Technical Requirements

This web-based activity is offered online and requires an always-on connection to the Internet (the activity cannot be downloaded). The activity works on PC or Mac computers and most tablet computers. The activity should work with the newer versions of major Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. JavaScript should be enabled in all browsers, and Popups and first party cookies need to be accepted from You should also have the latest, free Adobe Reader installed for reading documents.

For additional information, read the Technical Assistance FAQ.

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