Course: Risk Management Focus: Common Missed Diagnoses and Errors, 5th Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 2
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 1.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 1/1/2020
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
The five most common missed diagnoses and root cause analysis

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.

Risk Management Focus
Common Missed Diagnoses and Errors, 5th Edition


All humans make mistakes, and when doctors make mistakes, the results can be horrific and even fatal. But the fact that the patient was harmed by physician error doesn’t always mean that the doctor can be held liable. The difference between an excusable error in judgment and liability for medical negligence is generally determined by whether the doctor followed all of the evidence-based procedures and precautions that define the standard of care for avoiding such an error.



When you complete this course, you should be able to:

1. Explain the importance of protocols, and how to implement them effectively.

2. Discuss the importance of taking a family history in assessing the risk of cancers with a known hereditary component

3. Explain the importance of adequate follow-up to avoid post-surgical complications.

4. Recognize the most common types of medical errors and missed diagnoses.

5. Understand how to apply root cause analysis to reduce future medical errors.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for 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 2 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 2 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 January 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2021.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 2 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.