Breast Cancer Claims: A Review for Advanced Practice Clinicians


Breast cancer medical negligence claims are reviewed over a 10-year period to identify the major case types in which the gynecologist is the responsible party. The factors that contributed to those claims as identified by plaintiff and defense physician experts are discussed through case examples with learner questions. Risk mitigation strategies are identified to guide gynecologists in further providing the safest patient care and thereby improving their risk profile.

Course ID #: ANE 221110.0 Issue Date: 6/30/2022 Expiration Date: 6/30/2025


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Evaluate factors that may contribute to breakdowns in the diagnostic process of care in your practice.
  • Utilize the closed claim examples and Dr. Susan Mann’s insights to educate your peers and team to improve potential failure points related to the diagnostic process of care.
  • Educate my colleagues about key factors that contribute to breast cancer claims against gynecologists.

Course Devlopers

Kimberly Hathaway, Healthcare Quality and Risk Consultant, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Susan Mann, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Diplomat American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lisa McCorkle, MSN, MBA, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, CPHRM, LNCC, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Johanna Lackner, MPH, MSW, Senior Director, Continuing Professional Development, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Accreditation and Disclosure Statements

The Doctors Company is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 nursing contact hourLearners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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. 

Disclaimer Statement

This program is being offered for informational and educational purposes only from a Patient Safety Risk Management perspective and does not constitute legal advice. Laws vary from state to state, actual clinical situations often involve subtle differences and nuances from program scenarios or recommendations, and the recommendations provided in this activity may not apply to all practice situations. In complex circumstances, which present significant potential for an adverse event or litigation, TDC and the faculty recommend you consult directly with your corporate or personal counsel for professional legal guidance. 

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse CE Requirements by State.

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