Activity ID



April 30, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Medical Risk Management, Inc.


While every lawsuit is unique, the majority of claims against pathologists ultimately arise from lapses in communication and records keeping that are both foreseeable and avoidable. By learning to recognize the circumstances that commonly give rise to such suits, you can prevent yourself from making the same mistakes.

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Correct answers to the post-test

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Educational Objectives

Identify the major medical misadventures and associated issues that most commonly underlie medical malpractice suits against pathologists
Discuss how better communication with the referring doctor can reduce medical errors, improve patient care, and reduce lawsuits
Understand how the courts define your duty in a variety of situations common to the practice of pathology
Discuss how to avoid communication errors between yourself and referring doctors
Understand how medical record documentation and maintenance affects patient care and your own liability
Discuss the legal duties and risks of testifying as an expert witness


Pathology, Lawsuit, Risk Management, Communication, Medical Error, Liability


Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Patient Safety/Medical Errors, Professionalism

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