Activity ID



May 22, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO)


On one occasion, a surgeon may make a technical error in the operating room but no claim of medical malpractice follows. On another occasion, a technically perfect surgery may be followed by a claim of medical malpractice. Are there any patterns or predictors in the occurrence of claims? This self-paced monograph provides an overview of current medical malpractice claims data for general surgeons and also the findings from recently published studies about the causes of general surgery claims. Two studies in particular taken together provide the missing link between operative misadventure, adverse outcomes and claims. A general surgery case study of delayed diagnosis involving multiple other specialists is examined in relation to these findings.

Diplomate Engagement

Pre-and Post-test results are provided to diplomate and an evaluation survey is issued upon completion of the course. A follow-up post-activity survey is also issued 3-4 months after completion that asks what practice changes have been made.

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Educational Objectives

Describe the relationship of adverse events to medical malpractice claims.
Identify the two elements which, when combined, are the most characteristic of general surgery claims.
Describe several strategies general surgeons can take to reduce their risk of claims.


General Surgery Liability Risk, Surgery Claims Studies, RAND Study and Surgeons, General Surgery Medical Malpractice


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Communication Skills, Cognition, Human Learning & Problem Solving

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