Diagnosing Breast and Cervical Cancers

Program Description

This course draws on the sections related to cancer in The Doctors Company's Obstetrics and Gynecology: A clinical guide to improving patient safety and managing risk. The focus on diagnosing breast and cervical cancers includes lessons gleaned from malpractice claims data from The Doctors Company and other sources. It also includes an analysis by experts and references to established best practices. The course also includes the section from the Guide on patients who are noncompliant. It is intended to assist providers who are actively involved in delivering women’s healthcare.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Educate colleagues about the lessons learned from malpractice claims that apply to diagnosing breast and cervical cancer. 
  • Align office practice policies with guidance on managing a noncompliant patient. 
  • Implement one or more strategies to improve breast and cervical cancer diagnoses.


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

Michelle Swift, BSN, JD, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company  

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

Miranda Felde, MHA, CPHRM, CPPS, ARM, CRM, CIC, Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Julie Brightwell, BSN, JD, RN, CPHRM, Director, Healthcare System Patient Safety, Department of 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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates one and a half hours 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 17027.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 08-16-2017
Expiration Date for This Activity: 08-16-2020


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. 


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Contact Us

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