Preventing Adverse Outcomes: Gastroenterology

Program Description

An analysis of closed claims studies involving gastroenterologists provides insights about how to improve patient care and avoid liability risks. This course identifies factors that contribute to patient allegations and injuries. By recognizing these factors, gastroenterologists can select strategies appropriate to their practice, and make quality and safety improvements that positively affect patient outcomes.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Educate colleagues and staff about the frequent allegations facing gastroenterologists in malpractice claims.
  • Evaluate practice for types of injuries that are common for patients under the care of a gastroenterologist.
  • Employ two risk mitigation strategies to improve patient outcomes and patient safety and reduce the risk of a malpractice claim.


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

Lisa McCorkle, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, CPHRM, LNCC, Paiient Safety Risk Manager II, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, 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 17005.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 07/18/2017
Expiration Date for This Activity: 07/18/2020


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 only.

Complies with State Requirements

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

Technical Requirements

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Contact Us

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