Upcoming Courses

Risk Management Update for Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals

Joshua Abrams, JD, Odysseus Argy, JD The Honorable Carol S. Ball, Clyde Bergstresser, JD, Jerry M. Blaine, MD, Dennis Burke, MD, Linda S. Crawford, JD, David Gould, JD, Thomas G. Gutheil, MD, Mark J. Hauser, MD, James Hilliard, JD, Lawrence E. Lifson, MD, Lida Nabati, MD, Luke Sato, MD

December 12, 2014 – December 13, 2014 | Boston, MA | The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel More Information

This special two-part program offers clinicians updates in liability prevention and protection and also in courtroom preparation and effectiveness.  This is an opportunity for physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure they are current with the leading risk management principles, strategies and best practices.

For more information and to download the brochure, please visit: http://riskmanagement.hmscme.com/

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Prevent malpractice suits
  • Prevail in a malpractice suit if sued
  • Document and utilize consultation more protectively
  • Navigate the new wave of malpractice “hot spots”
  • Avoid liability risks inherent in telemedicine
  • Understand the legal risks in issuing certificates for medical marijuana
  • Utilize plaintiff and defense attorney tips for deposition and trial
  • Successfully incorporate deposition tactics into your testimony
  • Understand the perils of being on the witness stand
  • Create opportunities for success while being on the witness stand
  • Effectively and positively influence the jury
  • Increase familiarity with and preparation for the courtroom

Additional Information

Fees

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Liability Protection and Prevention

7:30am to 8:00am Registration
8:00am to 8:15am Welcome and IntroductionOdysseus Argy, MD
8:15am to 9:00am New Essentials of Risk ManagementOdysseus Argy, MD
9:00am to 9:45am Recommendations for Consultation and Documentation: Your Twin Pillars of Malpractice PreventionThomas G. Gutheil, MD
9:45am to 10:15am Coffee Break
10:15am to 11:00am The Risks of Telemedicine: Clinician BewareJames T. Hilliard, JD
11:00am to 11:45am Pitfalls in Ambulatory Primary Care: A Medical Malpractice PerspectiveLuke Sato, MD
11:45am to 12:00pm Pose Your Questions to the Liability Prevention ExpertsOdysseus Argy, MD; Thomas G. Gutheil, MD; James T. Hilliard, JD; Luke Sato, MD
12:00pm to 1:15pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15pm to 1:45pm Making an Informed Decision About Medical Marijuana CertificationLida Nabati, MD
1:45pm to 2:15pm State and Federal Laws for Medical Marijuana and the Significant Risks They May Pose to CliniciansJoshua L. Abrams, JD
2:15pm to 2:45pm How to Avoid Being Sued or Prevail If Sued: A Surgeon’s Personal ExperienceDennis Burke, MD
2:45pm to 3:00pm Expert Panel and Audience DiscussionLida Nabati, MD; Joshua L. Abrams, JD; Dennis Burke, MD
3:00pm to 3:15pm Coffee Break
3:15pm to 4:30pm Liability Protection

  • Strategic Tips from the Plaintiff’s Attorney Clyde Bergstresser JD
  • Strategic Tips From the Defense Attorney David Gould, JD
4:30pm to 5:00pm Questions and Answers: A Faculty and Audience DiscussionClyde Bergstresser, JD and David Gould, JD
5:00pm Adjourn
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Courtroom Preparation and Survival

7:30am to 8:00am Registration
8:00am to 8:15am Welcome and IntroductionDavid Gould, JD
8:15am to 9:45am Surviving Your Deposition: Necessary Tactics

  • Guidance from the Defense Attorney David Gould, JD
  • The Perspective of the Deponent Thomas G. Gutheil, MD
  • The Plaintiff’s Attorney Rebuttal Clyde Bergstresser, JD
9:45am to 10:15am Coffee Break
10:15am to 11:45am Taking the Witness Stand: How to Prepare and How to Prevail

  • The Perspective of the Defense Attorney David Gould, JD
  • The Perspective of the Plaintiff’s Attorney Clyde Bergstresser, JD
  • The Perspective of the Defendant Thomas Gutheil, MD
11:45am to 12:00pm Faculty and Audience DiscussionDavid Gould, JD; Clyde Bergstresser, JD; Thomas G. Gutheil, MD
12:00pm to 1:15pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15pm to 2:00pm How The Doctor Can Positively Affect the Jury: What the Data ShowsLinda Crawford, JD
2:00pm to 2:30pm The Personal Experience of Having Been SuedJerry M. Blaine, MD
2:30pm to 2:45pm Anatomy of a Case
2:45pm to 3:45pm Mock Trial Demonstration Plaintiff’s Attorney, Defense Attorney, Presiding Judge, Mock Trial DefendantClyde Bergstresser, JD; David Gould, JD; The Honorable Carol Ball; Jerry M. Blaine, MD
3:45pm to 4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00pm to 4:15pm Mock Trial Demonstration Wrap-upClyde Bergstresser, JD; David Gould, JD; The Honorable Carol Ball; Jerry M. Blaine, MD
4:15pm to 4:30pm The Judge’s CommentsThe Honorable Carol S. Ball
4:30pm to 5:00pm Panel Discussion with Questions and AnswersClyde Bergstresser, JD; David Gould, JD; The Honorable Carol Ball; Jerry M. Blaine, MD and Participants
5:00pm Adjourn

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 14

Accreditation:

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Liability Prevention for Physicians and Health Care Professionals: A maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
  • Physicians and Health Care Professionals in Court: A Survival Guide: A maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Risk Management Credits
The Massachusetts Registration Board in Medicine requires Massachusetts physicians to include 10 hours of “risk management study” as part of their 100 hours continuing medical education, with a minimum of 4 hours in AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Liability Prevention for Physicians and Health Care Professionals meets the criteria for 7 credit hours, Physicians and Health Care Professionals in Court: A Survival Guide meets the criteria 6.5 credit hours and both programs meet the criteria for 13.50 credit hours. Risk management credit(s) were determined based on criteria outlined by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. Please check with your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming risk management credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conference and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, maintains responsibility for the program and content.

Continuing Education Credits for Nurses

The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing in Massachusetts, (244CMR).

ACGME COMPETENCIES

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies:

  • Patient care
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Jerry M. Blaine, MD, Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dennis Burke, MD, Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School.

Thomas G. Gutheil, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder, Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Past President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law; Past President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health; Author, The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide; The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness and Co-author, Mastering Forensic Psychiatric Practice: Advanced Strategies for the Expert Witness; Co-author, The Clinical Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law.

Mark J. Hauser, MD, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Webmaster, Program in Psychiatry and Law, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

James Hilliard, JD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Legal Medicine), Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; General Counsel, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society; Partner, Connor and Hilliard, Walpole, MA; author, The Essentials of Massachusetts Mental Health Law: A Straightforward Guide for Clinicians of All Disciplines.

Lawrence E. Lifson, MD, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts Medical School; Director, Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Recipient, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society’s 2012 Outstanding Psychiatrist in Education Award; Editor, Understanding Therapeutic Action: Current Concepts of Cure; The Mental Health Practitioner and the Law; and Psychology of Investing.

Lida Nabati, MD, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Attending physician in Adult Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital..

Luke Sato, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, CRICO.

Guest Faculty

Joshua L. Abrams, JD, Health, Employment, and Labor Law Senior Attorney at Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital and others.)

Odysseus Argy, MD, Instructor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine; Founder and President, Odyssey Health Communications, Inc.; Former Adjunct Professor, Boston University College of Communication; Former Host & Moderator, Doctors on Call, WABU TV 68, Boston.

The Honorable Carol S. Ball, Associate Justice, Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Clyde Bergstresser, JD, Founding member of Bergstresser and Pollock, LLC, Boston, MA; Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

David Gould, JD, Managing Partner, Ficksman and Conley, Boston, MA.

Linda S. Crawford, JD, Linda Crawford and Associates; Instructor in Trial Advocacy Workshops, Harvard Law School; Consulting Editor, Medical Malpractice Law and Strategy.