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Brown University

EFD On-Demand: You've Been Served: Now What?

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Program Release: April 29, 2021 Expiration Date: April 29, 2023 Estimated time to complete: 60 Minutes There are no prerequisites for participation. GUEST SPEAKER Gita Pensa, MD Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Clinician Educator Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Emergency Medicine Physician Brown Emergency Medicine Newport, RI Overview This session provides practical and psychological preparation for physicians involved with malpractice litigation. Using one physician’s experience, the session seeks to reduce the shame and isolation associated with being sued. While not providing legal advice, the session addresses helpful tips and supports for physicians navigating the litigation process. No direct experience with malpractice is necessary in order to benefit from these important insights!


After participating in this course, the learner should be better able to:

  • Identify resources for support during litigation; 
  • List reasons why litigation is psychologically difficult for many physicians; 
  • Describe the sequence of events in civil litigation


There are no fees for participating in and receiving credit for this activity.

  • Review the activity objectives, faculty information, and CME information prior to participating in the activity.
  • View the CME presentations
  • Complete the CME activity evaluation at the conclusion of the activity in order to receive a credit certificate.


In accordance with the disclosure policy of the Brown University CME Office as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), speakers have been asked to disclose any relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in any educational presentation and with any commercial supporters or exhibitors of this activity.

The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation but to identified openly so that the listener may form his/her own opinion. Any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved prior to this presentation.

This activity may include discussion of off-label or investigative drugs uses. Speakers are aware that it is their responsibility to disclose to the audience this information. Individual Faculty Disclosure information may be found in the conference handouts.

Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest

The following speakers and planning committee members* have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships:

Emily Green, PhD, MA*
Jennifer Maloney*
Gita Pensa, MD
Chelsea Reyes*
Maria Sullivan, BS*


Privacy Policy: The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and its educational partners protect the privacy of personal and other information regarding participants and educational collaborators. The CME Office maintains its Internet site as an information resource and service for physicians, other health professionals, and the public. The CME Office will keep your personal information confidential when you participate in a CME Internet-based program. CME collects only the information necessary to provide you with the services that you request.

Disclaimer: This educational program is designed to present scientific information and opinion to Health professionals, to stimulate thought, and further investigation.


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