Preventing Adverse Outcomes: Cardiology

Program Description

The practice of cardiology has underlying vulnerabilities that can put patients at risk of injury and can increase liability for cardiologists and other providers who treat heart patients.  Learning the most common risks can help doctors enhance patient safety and mitigate factors that can lead to adverse events and lawsuits.  The objective of this activity is to share these insights that can lead to system and process improvements that contribute to patient safety, and reduce the risk of malpractice litigation.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Assess if any of the allegations found in the cardiology closed claims study represent similar occurrences within my own practice.
  • Educate members of my healthcare team about allegations and patient injuries found in the analysis of malpractice claims. 
  • Implement three evidence-based risk management strategies that can reduce the risk of patient injuries and/or improve quality of care for my patients.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 

Course Developers

Debra Davidson, MJ, ARM, CPHRM, CPPS, Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit 

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates one hour for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 17003.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 06-20-2017
Expiration Date for This Activity: 07-29-2020


The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized, and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Technical Requirements

This activity is best experienced using the most current browser (or one back) of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is not supported by this platform. For all activities featuring audio, you must have a sound card and speakers. To view graphic images and references that appear in separate "pop-up" windows, you must have JavaScript and session cookies enabled on your computer.  Adobe Acrobat Reader may be required for certain activities.

Complies with State Requirements

 Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 


Click Here to download a PDF with resources related to this program. 

Contact CME

If you have questions, contact or call (800) 421-2368, extension 1243.