Course: Risk Management Rounds: Oral Surgery, 2nd Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
credit(s) CE: 8
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 7.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 6/1/2014
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
An overview of risk management for oral surgeons.

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Risk Management Rounds
Oral Surgery, 2nd Edition


The risk management issues facing you as an oral surgeon are unique because your practice overlaps both medicine and dentistry and frequently involves extensive collaboration with practitioners of both professions. As such, protecting your patients’ safety and your own legal interests requires that you understand not only your own responsibilities but those of both your dental and medical colleagues, such that you’re prepared to intervene when others fall short in meeting their own obligations.


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

1.  Explain the need for orally reviewing with new patients any written medical history questionnaires or other documents they provide.
2.  Understand the importance of obtaining and reviewing the patient’s prior medical records.
3.  Recognize the importance of communicating with the patient’s primary care physician and other care givers.
4.  List the steps necessary to prevent positive test results from being filed away before they are brought to your attention.
5.  Describe the duties of an oral surgeon in obtaining informed consent.
6.  Understand your duty when the patient fails to follow medical advice for follow-up care or testing.

Target Audience
Oral surgeons.


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 8 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 8 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Estimated time to complete this activity: 8 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.

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