Coming Soon | Matthew E. Karlovsky, M.D., F.A.C.S. presents, "A MALPRACTICE PRIMER", a 2-part webinar
Dr. Karlovsky is double board certified in Urology as well as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He works and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. He practices as a Urology Expert Witness and has testified at numerous depositions and trials and has reviewed cases for attorneys and clients in twenty-four states and federal court. He serves as a Faculty Physician at the University of Arizona, School of Medicine, Phoenix Campus, and is the Vice Chairman of Surgery at Chandler Regional Medical Center. In addition, he is an Outside Consultant for the Arizona Medical Board. Dr. Karlovsky has assisted both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys, Insurance companies such as GEICO and MetLife, criminal and FBI related cases, and pelvic mesh litigation cases.
Part 1: "Negligence, Informed Consent & Informed Refusal: How to Avoid a Lawsuit"
Urological Surgery includes procedures for cancer and reconstructive surgery that may alter genital and sexual function. The litigation potential due to loss of urinary or sexual function requires vigilance in patient counseling and surgical performance by Urologists when choosing to perform indicated and elective surgery. Medical malpractice is not defined if an unanticipated or even an anticipated bad outcome occurs. Moreover, the standard of care does not equate with a guarantee of recovery. Given the sometimes-unforeseen consequences of patient care, there is a need for increased knowledge and awareness of legal risks that can be used by plaintiff counsel to make a successful claim.
The purpose of this course is to review the basic legal definitions of what constitutes negligence, what may be considered malpractice, and what are the important elements when determining the standard of care. Questions addressed include: What are the evolving definitions of Informed Consent and Informed Refusal? What must be disclosed when discussing and obtaining informed consent? Does clinical judgment and experience carry the same weight as in the past? What are the legal risks of clinical practice guidelines? When should Urologists opt for Alternative Dispute Resolution and “I’m Sorry” statements? We will also review strategies to avoid litigation and several surgical cases with potential lessons and avoidable pitfalls.
Part 2: "Survival Guide to Litigation Stress: How to Overcome a Lawsuit"
Being accused of malpractice creates a sense of isolation, confusion and chaos despite our best efforts to treat patients. The stigma of being a defendant in a lawsuit opens the urologist to unforeseen stresses, personally, in the office, and at home. Physician reaction to litigation may engender anger, depression and anxiety that may even outlast the conclusion of the lawsuit. As litigation is purposefully prolonged and adversarial, the changes to the physician’s life may be significant. The stresses of litigation are seldom if ever addressed in medical schools or residencies likely due to lack of time commitment or desire to include this subject matter as part of education, or due to physicians' tendencies to avoid discussing lawsuits or interaction with attorneys.
All urologists need basic education on stress management from lawsuits. Higher volume patient practices due to lower reimbursement creates stresses at baseline and can inadvertently lead to errors that can result in malpractice. Inevitably, even if no malpractice exists during care of a patient, a lawsuit can be filed. Proactive management strategies before, during, and after litigation will be reviewed. Tips and tricks on how to confidently deal with deposition and trial will be given by a Urology Expert Witness.
The ACOS will petition the AOA to approve this course for 2 Category 1-A CME credit hours. Registration will open soon; any question can be directed to email@example.com.