Pathology

Professional Education
Q&A - What Physicians Ask About Diagnosing and Treating Dementia
The Alzheimer's Project Series
This course focuses on the common concerns and questions expressed by physicians about dementia and cognitive impairment. This course covers making the initial observation of cognitive decline and beginning a conversation with older adult patients; overcoming common barriers to making a definitive diagnosis of dementia; and managing the ongoing clinical needs of patients experiencing dementia.
1.5 Credits

Professional Education
Physical Examination and Its Impact on Outcomes
The Doctor's Advocate
Advancements in technology improve the timeliness and accuracy of many diagnoses but the technology does not replace a thorough physical examination. For some diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, herpes zoster, cellulitis, and Bell’s palsy the PE is the only diagnostic tool available. This short course makes the case for reversing the downward trend for physical examinations.
0.75 credit

Professional Education
Psychiatry: Preventing Adverse Outcomes
The Doctors Company study of closed claims reveals areas of higher risk in outpatient psychiatry practices. Using this as a foundation, the course provides information to evaluate your practice and make changes to improve decisions about treatment, operational processes, reporting, and documentation.
1.5 Credits

Professional Education
Reducing Risk of a Pathology Malpractice Claim
By recognizing the risks associated with their specialty, pathologists can bring about changes that result in faster, higher-quality, and safer care. This course requires reading six pathology-related articles published by The Doctors Company, answering a series of questions, and reflecting on changes that could reduce risks and improve care in your practice setting.
2.0 Credits

Apr 05, 2018
The Pathology Report: Reducing Malpractice Risk
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors.
It is essential that the pathology report accurately document everything that a pathologist does with regard to evaluating and diagnosing a specimen—and it is particularly important to document the rationale for critical decision making.

Mar 23, 2018
Requests for Pathology Specimens
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors
This article provides guidelines for pathologists regarding requests for specimens.

Dec 10, 2014
Editorial Comment on Maintenance of Certification
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Director, Board of Governors
Dr. Troxel suggests ways to restructure the MoC examination process to adapt it to changes in the healthcare delivery system.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Jun 01, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Clinical Departments: Pathology/Laboratory
Pathology/laboratory services can have areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

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