The 26th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology and the Law

The 10th Annual Conference on Medical Negligence and Risk Management in Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Psychiatry and Family Medicine

January 2 - 8, 2010 // Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Overview: Each of us face many risks to our health. It is, however, especially distressing to recognize that considerable harm (including disability and death) may be done to us by our health care providers. Reports that up to 100,000 patients may die annually as a consequence of medical errors, would result, you would expect, in a national emergency, and dramatic steps taken to stop the carnage. Imagine a full jumbo jet crashing every day - or every second day - through a whole year! Would you not demand that your government take emergency steps to protect their citizens from medically administered harm?

Thus far, stimulated by the original Institute of Medicine report, "patient safety" organizations have emerged, and changes in medical care are slowly percolating into the system. Meanwhile though, we are left firstly with the adversarial legal system - flawed as it is - that aims to sort out claimed medical negligence and errors of judgment from expected possible complications that occur during appropriate standard of care treatment. Secondly, we have the rapacious insurance system that preys on physicians whose costs inevitably add to everyone's medical expenses.

Meanwhile, against the background of continuing advances in genetics and biotechnology, the practice of medicine remains exciting, but ever more challenging. The information explosion has let loose an endless stream of new facts, new tests, new claims, new concepts and novel approaches, all of which are hard to assimilate and apply to the frequently frenetic pace of medical practice. Moreover, all these advances have spawned changes in practice guidelines in all medical specialties. Failure to adhere to these new guidelines may ultimately invite unwanted litigation in the face of claimed medical malpractice and questions of competence.

These two multispecialty conferences bring into sharp focus new and established guidelines and standards of care, issues of competence, new advances, and ethics. The first conference concentrates on pregnancy, its management and outcome, while the interdigitating and overlapping second conference takes up discussion along similar themes, but in multiple specialties.

The aims of these conferences are to teach physicians to better comprehend the machinations of negligence law, and to develop a more complete awareness of the need for anticipatory and safety practices. The objectives are to also teach lawyers about the complex issues encountered in the practice of medicine, including the intricacies of decision-making, aiming to sharpen their understanding on behalf of their clients, both plaintiff and defense.

The major objectives in these two conferences are to enhance the continuing education of a range of specialties in medicine including obstetrics, gynecology, midwifery, neonatology, medicine, surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, cardiology, radiology and human genetics. Among the ingredients that have characterized the success of these conferences for over a quarter of a century are the additional objectives and lessons concerning the role of law and lawyers and better insights into the complexities of the legal process. Only through a thorough understanding of the challenges physicians face and recognition of the critical role lawyers have in influencing medical practice, can we hope to deal effectively with the continuing pressures of medical practice.

Once again, an extraordinarily experienced and superb faculty has been assembled for these 26th and 10th anniversary conferences that will be important to all the specialties mentioned, including nurse practitioners, trial attorneys, pediatricians, primary care physicians, insurers, risk managers and all providers of healthcare.


Major topics for the first conference include: Major topics for the overlapping second conference include:
  • New guidelines and beta strep infection

  • Pregnancy with diabetes

  • Recognizing competence

  • Pregnancy induction

  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy - new discoveries and standard of care

  • On predicting spousal homicide or suicide

  • Improving perinatal outcome

  • Understanding victims of rape and violence

  • Reducing maternal death

  • Litigation and the electronic medical record

  • Value and limitations of brain imaging in the fetus/newborn

  • Shoulder dystocia and crisis

  • Is peer review nondisclosure inviolable?

  • When is misdiagnosis malpractice?

  • Duty to warn

  • Genetic disorders and culpability

  • Vicarious liability

  • Death by telephone

  • Suing the medical expert for false testimony

  • The aging surgeon
 
  • Vaginal birth after cesarean section

  • New guidelines for chorioamnionitis

  • New concepts in cerebral palsy

  • Brain imaging for birth injury

  • Atrial fibrillation - new guidelines

  • Chest pain in the emergency department

  • Ethics, law and elder abuse and neglect

  • Breast cancer, mammography and malpractice

  • “Avoidable complications” in genetics

  • Emergency guidelines for altered mental status

  • New guidelines for implantable cardioverter-defibrillators

  • Ethical misadventures in surgical practice

  • Expert witnesses, immunity and intimidation

  • Genes, stroke, and liability

  • Ethics and the “impossible patient”

  • Principles in the emergency management of putative sepsis

  • Standards of care for angioplasty and bypass cardiac surgery

  • Defensive medicine and the courtroom

  • E-Medicine


What Participants Are Saying: The "gold standard" for birth trauma conferences! This conference far exceeded my expectations, as most speakers were very engaging and well-prepared. I most certainly will be back in the future.

Absolutely brilliant! There is so much I am able to take back with me and share with colleagues and implement into practice. Thank you!

I thought this was an excellent conference. The quality of the speakers and material was outstanding, and the format/timing couldn't be better. Thank you for doing such great work!

Very good conference! The combination of lawyers and physicians provided a very nice dynamic and it's always enlightening to hear problems analyzed from different perspectives.



Accreditation: 26th Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology, and the Law
January 2 - 6, 2010

Audience: Obstetricians, gynecologists, midwives, neonatologists, nurse practitioners, clinical/registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, trial attorneys, pediatricians, primary care physicians, insurers, risk managers, and all health care providers for women in pregnancy.


10th Annual Multispecialty Conference on Medical Negligence and Risk Management in Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Psychiatry and Family Medicine
January 5 - 8, 2010

Audience: Medical malpractice trial attorneys, personal injury trial lawyers, risk managers, insurers, radiologists, general surgeons, emergency department physicians, psychiatrists, internists, cardiologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical/registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and all health care providers.


Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


PHYSICIANS
The 26th Annual Conference:

Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The 10th Annual Conference:
Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Conference:
Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 28.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Cognate hours have been applied for through the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


RISK MANAGEMENT

These programs meet the criteria established by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management.


NURSES
Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine, is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


NURSE-MIDWIVES
The Continuing Education Section of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) grants reciprocity status to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for Category 1 offerings that are relevant to midwifery.


ATTORNEYS
Attorneys seeking CLE credit will need to contact their individual state bar associations. Attorneys from Illinois should contact the CME Office at Boston University School of Medicine at (617) 638-4605 for more information.


CORE COMPETENCIES
This activity has been developed with consideration given to the American Board of Medical Specialties Six Core Competencies. This activity will increase your competency in the areas of Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement.



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