Course: Risk Management Focus: Informed Consent, 3rd Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 1
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 0.75
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 15
Course Release Date: 3/1/2018
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Tips on obtaining informed consent to treatment


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Risk Management Focus
Informed Consent, 3rd Edition


Failure to obtain informed consent is a legitimate concern in its own right. Malpractice claims usually arise from an unpleasant surprise. A properly informed patient will sometimes be disappointed by a treatment outcome, but should never be completely surprised. Your job as a physician is to keep your patient’s expectations in line with reality.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1.  List the requirements of informed consent.
2.  Explain the importance of explaining to your patient what to expect if treatment succeeds, in addition to the known and normal risks of the procedure.
3.  Understand the patient’s right to set conditions on consent, and how to negotiate a mutually-agreeable alternative plan if the patient’s desires prove unfeasible.


Target Audience

All physicians.


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 creditTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc. designates this  enduring material  for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 creditTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is valid for release March 1, 2019 and expires on December 31, 2021.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 1 hour.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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