Spotlight On Preventing Obstetrical Claims [The Doctor's Advocate CME]

Program Description

Spotlight on Preventing Obstetrical Claims provides insights into the most likely risks encountered by obstetricians and shines a light on preven­tive actions. The articles in this course focus on the lessons learned about events that place obstetric professionals at risk. These lessons are derived from The Doctors Company examination of closed and open malpractice claims. The articles present analyses of common patient allegations in obstetrical claims, common factors in these cases, and strategies to reduce risks. 


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Apply at least one strategy to minimize the risks of improper vaginal delivery. 
  • Implement a strategy to decrease the risk of delay in treatment of fetal distress. 
  • Improve communication between nurses and physicians using a communication tool, such as the SBAR technique.
  • Improve documentation by the obstetrical team in cases of shoulder dystocia. 


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

Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Department, The Doctors Company

Julie L. Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Patient Safety and Risk Management Department, 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 1.25 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 quarter 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 17020.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 08/31/2017
Expiration Date for This Activity: 08/31/2020


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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