Preventing Adverse Outcomes When Treating Children (The Doctor's Advocate CME)


The Doctors Company studied claims filed on behalf of pediatric patients that closed over a 10-year period from 2008 through 2017. The study analyzed 1. 215 claims and lawsuits, excluding dental claims, filed against physicians in 52 specialties and subspecialties. Great developmental differences exist between neonates in their first month of life and teenagers who are ready to enter adulthood—in some cases, having borne children of their own. To identify the differences based on age, the study focuses on four age groups: neonate (less than one month old), first year (one month through 11 months), child (one through nine years), and teenager (10 through 17 years).  This course focuses on the lessons learned from the most common types of claims and includes expert insights into the specific elements that led to patient injury, and risk mitigation strategies.

Course ID #: TDE 190223.0 Issue Date: 03/20/2019 Expiration Date: 03/20/2022


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss with colleagues and staff the common factors that contribute to malpractice claims involving children. 
  • Assess their practice for risks associated with diagnosing and managing care provided to children.
  • Implement at least one change in my practice to improve patient safety for children.


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.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend 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.

Course Developers

Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM, Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Professional Education, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management

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 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.


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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