Managing Podiatry Risks

Program Description

This seminar will review the findings from more than 166 podiatric closed claims from 2007 to 2014. The results reveal underlying vulnerabilities in the practice of podiatry. The attendee will learn of events that may place the physician at risk for a claim and patient safety measures that may reduce the frequency and severity of claims. In addition, this study will assist the physician to understand what motivates a patient to pursue a claim and to gain a broader overview of the system failures and processes resulting in patient harm.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Identify common areas of liability exposure in podiatric medicine.
  • Outline the relationship between quality care and patient satisfaction.
  • List the key elements of an adequate informed discussion including documentation and how it can be improved upon in the practice.



No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.



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

Rich Cahill, JD, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, 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 activity for a maximum of one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Course ID#:    TDS 16061.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 09/29/16
Expiration Date for This Activity: 11/04/16



The information and guidelines contained in this 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 and should be used as a reference guide only.


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