Reducing Risk of a Pathology Malpractice Claim

Program Description

Pathologists examine a wide variety of tissues, biopsies, surgical resections, cytology specimens, and body fluids to determine a precise and accurate diagnosis that is central to patient treatments and outcomes. By recognizing the risks associated with this specialty, a pathologist can bring about changes that result in faster, higher-quality, and safer results.

This course requires reading six pathology-related articles published by The Doctors Company, answering a series of questions, and reflecting on changes in your practice setting that would reduce risks and improve care.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Enhance the current system used to maintain pathology specimens in a safe and secure environment.
  • Improve communication with referring physicians regarding my findings and/or recommendations for further treatment and/or diagnostic studies.
  • Advocate for ongoing quality improvement measures within the organization(s) where I practice by participating in key committees involved in measuring quality and assessing risks related to patient safety.


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.


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

Course Developers

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 educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 18030.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 05/31/2018
Expiration Date for This Activity: 05/31/2021


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

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.


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