Course: Streetwise, 5th Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 9/1/2020
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
General risk management tips

NOTE: All Medrisk courses are approved for CME credit, but not all are approved for insurance discounts or medical board remediation. If you are enrolling in a course for an insurer, university or medical board, you should check with them to make sure that the course you are selecting is approved.

5th Edition


The purpose of risk management is to learn how to recognize and correct the professional lapses that commonly underlie avoidable malpractice suits. An “avoidable” suit for our purposes is one in which the physician had the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate medical care. Rather, the patient’s injuries ultimately arose out of errors in communication, documentation, record-keeping, and other steps in the care delivery process that should have led to an appropriate and timely diagnosis and treatment.


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

1.  Recognize the key elements of a malpractice suit.
2.  Explain your duty to the patient in a variety of non-traditional situations.
3.  Build rapport with your patients and repair problematic relationships.
4.  Control risks in traditional medical settings as well as in many non-traditional settings.
5.  Document patient care in the manner most likely to prevent errors and reduce liability.
6.  Take steps to avoid commonly missed diagnoses.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for physicians of all specialties.


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 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


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 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is valid for release September 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2021.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 6 hours.

Nursing CE Information

Corexcel is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Satisfactory completion of the test will earn the nurse 18.3 contact hours.

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.

Please check with your insurance carrier for approved courses before registering.  Courses not approved by your insurance carrier will not be accepted by them for any discounts they may offer.