Department of Anesthesiology

St. Thomas Anesthesiology Legal Education (ALE) Symposium

March 8, 2017 - 7:00am to March 11, 2017 - 12:30pm

The University of Pittsburgh Physicians Department of Anesthesiology will sponsor the St. Thomas Anesthesiology Legal Education Symposium March 8-11, 2017 at the beautiful Frenchman’s Reef Marriott, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. This distinctive program is designed to bring together experts in anesthesiology, medical malpractice defense law, medical malpractice plaintiff law, risk management, and malpractice insurance in a collaborative educational program. 

Renowned anesthesiologists and first class legal experts will provide a widely relevant and interactive program.  Sessions include lectures on medical and legal topics and ethics, interactive case reviews from both medical and legal viewpoints, and will conclude with a mock trial with the audience deciding the outcome.  Every session has been carefully designed to be relevant to all in attendance irrespective of their medical or legal background or practice setting.

This activity is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Physicians Department of Anesthesiology and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.

Target Audience

Physicians, Fellows, Residents, CRNAs, Medical Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys, Risk Managers, Medical Insurers, SRNAs, law students, and medical students

Goals/Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, attendees should be able to

  • Appraise the ASA Closed Claims data
  • Discuss patterns in medical malpractice
  • Explain the steps involved in a medical malpractice case
  • Prepare for a medical malpractice deposition
  • Recognize the role of the expert witness
  • Analyze the ethical issues involved in medical/legal cases
  • Identify trends in Premium and Claims histories in Healthcare
  • Discuss strategies to avoid complications and malpractice claims

Course Director

Raymond M. Planinsic, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology; Director, Transplantation Anesthesiology, UPMC Presbyterian; Director, Hepatic Transplantation Anesthesiology Fellowship, UPMC

Course Co-Directors

  • David G. Metro, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology; Vice Chair for Education; Anesthesiology Residency Program Director, UPMC
  • Daniel R. Sullivan, MD, JD, MBA, Associate Professor; Quality Director/Patient Safety Officer, University of Pittsburgh Physicians/Anesthesiology; Chief Anesthesiologist, UPMC Passavant
  • Richard P. Kidwell, JD, Senior Associate Counsel & Director of Risk Management, Department of Patient Safety/Risk Management, UPMC

Course Faculty

UPMC Faculty

  • Howard B. Gutstein, MD, Peter and Eva Safar Professor and Chair, UPP Department of Anesthesiology
  • Mark E. Hudson, MD, MBA, Professor of Anesthesiology; Executive Vice-Chairman, UPP Department of Anesthesiology
  • Joseph J. Quinlan, MDProfessor of Anesthesiology; Chief Anesthesiologist, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Shawn T. Beaman, MDAssociate Professor of Anesthesiology; Anesthesiology Residency Associate Program Director; Director of Trauma Anesthesiology, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Steven L. Orebaugh, MDProfessor of Anesthesiology, UPMC Southside
  • Stephen Esper, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology; Director of ERAS

Guest Faculty

  • John C. Conti, JD, Shareholder, Dickie McCamey Attorneys at Law; Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Renee A. Metal, JD, Rosen Louik & Perry, PC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jon R. Perry, JD, Rosen Louik & Perry, PC; Adjunct Professor of Litigation, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Robert G. Voinchet, Jr., JD, President & Counsel, Captive Insurance Program, UPMC

Conference Manager

Barb Novak Chismar, BA, Education Office Project Manager, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Continuing Education Credit:

CME Accreditation: This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

CLE Accreditation is provided via the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for a total of 18 hours of CLE.

Registration

Conference registration is available online at https://ccehs.upmc.com (Click on "Upcoming Events")

Registration Fee includes admission to the program along with CME/AANA/CLE credit. Continental breakfast, break snack, and Meet the Faculty Welcome Reception are included with the fee of $900 due before December 1, 2016; $1100 on December 1, 2016 and beyond.

Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday March 8, 2017

Closed Claims Data - Who is Being Sued and Why?

TIME  TITLE SPEAKER(S)
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM     Registration/Continental Breakfast    
7:45 AM - 8:00 AM Opening Remarks/Welcome   Planinsic
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM  Lecture 1: Medical Malpractice -  What is It?                                                                                                                                                                         Perry/Metro
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM   Lecture 2: Closed Claims Data: Who is Being Sued and Why?     Planinsic
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Lecture 3: Current Airway Management Practices Beaman
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK/Q&A  Beaman, Metro, Perry, Planinsic
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Legal Case Panel Discussion: Case 1 

Moderator: Metro

Panel: Beaman/Perry/Conti

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM                                        Legal Case Panel Discussion: Case 2   

Moderator: Metro

Panel: Beaman/Perry/Conti

1:00 PM Adjournment  
6:00 - 8:00 PM              Meet the Faculty Welcome Reception  

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                     

                                                             

                                                                     

                                                

                                 

                                     

                                                                                          

                                                      

                                                  

                       

             

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2: Thursday March 9, 2017

Ethical Issues and Malpractice Overview

TIME TITLE SPEAKER(S)
7:30 - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast  
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Lecture 4: Ethical Issues in Medical/Legal Practice Sullivan
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Lecture 5: Steps in a Medical Malpractice Case Metal
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Lecture 6: Current Regional Anesthesia Practices Orebaugh
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK/Q&A Metal, Orebaugh, Sullivan
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Legal Case Panel Discussion: Case 3

Moderator: Sullivan

Panel: Orebaugh/Metal/Conti

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Legal Case Panel Discussion: Case 4

Moderator: Sullivan

Panel: Orebaugh/Metal/Conti

                                                                                                        

Day 3: Friday March 10, 2017

Preparing for a Deposition

TIME TITLE SPEAKER(S)
7:30 - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast  
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM        Lecture 7: Premium and Claims History of a Major Health Care System  Voinchet  
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Lecture 8: How to Prepare for a Deposition as a Defendant and Treating Physician  Conti/Hudson
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM           Lecture 9: Current Practice in Cardiovascular Optimization for Non-Cardiac Surgery Esper
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK/Q&A         ContiEsper, Hudson, Voinchet
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Legal Case Panel Discussion: Case 5  

Moderator: Quinlan

Panel: Esper/Conti/Perry

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Legal Case Panel Discussion: Case 6 

Moderator: Quinlan

Panel: Esper/Conti/Perry

1:00 PM   Adjournment  

                                                                                                                                                       

          

                                                     

              

        

                                                                                                       

                                                                           

                                                                            

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Saturday March 11, 2017

The Trial

TIME TITLE SPEAKER(S)
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM             Continental Breakfast   
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Mock Trial Part 1            BeamanContiEsperGutstein, Hudson, Kidwell, Metal, Metro, Orebaugh, Perry, Planinsic, Sullivan, Voinchet
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM           BREAK/Q&A    BeamanContiEsperGutstein, Hudson, Kidwell, Metal, Metro, Orebaugh, Perry, Planinsic, Sullivan, Voinchet
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM Mock Trial Part 2   BeamanContiEsperGutstein, Hudson, Kidwell, Metal, Metro, Orebaugh, Perry, Planinsic, Sullivan, Voinchet
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM  Closing Remarks Planinsic
12:30 PM        Adjournment  

                                                                             

                        

                   

                               

                           

                        

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location and Address

Frenchman's Reef Resort
5 Estate Bakkeroe  
St. Thomas  00802  Virgin Islands (US) 

Lodging/Accommodations

The conference has contracted a limited number of hotel rooms at the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott. The discounted group rate of $313/$390 (island/ocean view) plus applicable taxes and resort fees is available for conference attendees. Early registration is encouraged to assure group room rate. You may book a room by calling 800-524-2000 and ask for the UPMC St. Thomas ALE 2017 room block in order to receive the reduced rate.

Please visit the resort website for details regarding the resort amenities and activities. Reservations may be made online at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=15514121.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Information

Participation by all individuals is encouraged.  Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service.  Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling Barb Novak Chismar at 412-692-4505.

Faculty Disclosure

All individuals in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

All external advertisement must comply with the University of Pittsburgh Policy 07-01-03, Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. 

Questions?

Questions or comments related to the symposium may be directed to Barb Novak Chismar.

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