28th High Risk Emergency Medicine - DVD Set

Designed and taught by emergency physicians and medical malpractice attorneys, this HREM course is a comprehensive review of the medical-legal issues inherent to the practice of Emergency Medicine.

Using actual case analysis and a review of the medical literature, this CME course identifies the critical components of the history, physical exam and data collection process that are critical to assuring a well-supported evaluation, treatment and disposition. Important principles in communication, documentation, medical-legal strategies and EMTALA compliance are discussed to help participants develop an effective Emergency Department Risk Management Program.
The Twenty-Eighth Annual Edition of this emergency medicine CME course has been revised to include the most recent, relevant literature, malpractice and EMTALA cases. Participants will also receive a comprehensive Risk Management syllabus and annotated bibliography that features practical management recommendations for reducing risk while providing high quality patient care.



Target Audience

This course is designed to benefit physicians, nurses, and physician assistants providing acute care. Malpractice attorneys, hospital risk management staff, and quality management staff will also benefit from this CME course.


Learning Objectives

After completing this CME course, participants should be able to:

  • Review current medical literature and analyze actual emergency medicine malpractice cases to improve patient outcomes and avoid malpractice claims.
  • Identify the critical components of the history, physical exam and data collection process that are critical to assuring a well-supported evaluation, treatment and disposition of Emergency Department patients.
  • Develop an effective Emergency Department Risk Management program.




Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 15.75 AOA Category 2A
  • 16.75 Certificate of Participation
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Ross Berkeley is the Director of Quality for US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) Central, and serves on the Board of Directors for Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group (PSLRRG). He is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Medicine, where he serves as Program Director of the emergency medicine residency and Vice Chair for Quality & Education. Dr. Berkeley is an expert peer reviewer for the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners and serves on the Claims Committee for PSLRRG as well as the Claims and Underwriting Committee for ProAssurance Casualty Company. He has served as the Quality Director of emergency departments in both community and academic settings, and currently co-chairs the Quality & Patient Safety Committee at University Medical Center (UMC) of Southern Nevada.


Michael Frank is General Counsel and Director of Risk Management for Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP), in which capacity he manages all EMP legal affairs, including professional liability claims. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine and Life Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of numerous medical and legal professional societies.


Amal Mattu is a frequent speaker on the national and international CME circuit on topics related to emergency cardiology and geriatrics. He is the author of the best-selling texts ECGs for the Emergency Physician Volume 1 and Volume 2, has served as chief editor for two other popular textbooks focused on errors in emergency medicine. In 1996, he joined the faculty of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland, and since that time he has received more than a dozen teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and national teaching awards from the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Elliot Nipomnick is in the full-time practice of emergency medicine and serves as the Quality Director at Chinese Hospital in San Francisco.  He serves on the Board of Directors of  Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group, and  is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and the President of the Alameda Contra Costa County Emergency Physicians Association.  Dr. Nipomnick is an Expert Medical Reviewer for CMS, Maximus Federal Services, Alameda County, CA, the Medical Board of California, HSAG, and Lumetra.



Ketan Patel is an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Medicine, and is the Associate Program Director for the UNLV emergency medicine residency program.  He serves as medical director for the Boulder City Fire Department as well as Lee Canyon Ski Patrol.  Dr. Patel also works at Camp Cartwheel, a camp which serves with children with chronic illness through the Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation.



NATHAN CLEVELAND, MD, MS, FACEPNathan Cleveland is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and practices emergency medicine full-time in Denver, CO. He is the Director of Education for USACS Colorado Mountain South. Dr. Cleveland is also a member of the USACS Quality and Patient Safety Committee as well as the USACS Claims Committee.


Amer Aldeen serves as Chief Medical Officer of US Acute Care Solutions. He was Chair of the ED at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Aldeen joined USACS from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was site principal investigator for the CMES-funded Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations project, developing protocols to improve care of older adults in the ED. He is co-author of 1200 Questions to Help You Pass the Emergency Medicine Boards.  He receive his BA and MD from the University of Virginia and completed his EM residency at Northwestern.



Dr. J.D. McCourt is Medical Director of the Adult Emergency Department at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV. He is the Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of emergency medicine.
Dr. McCourt earned his medical degree from UHS/The Chicago Medical School and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at The University of Chicago and is board certified in emergency medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and is currently the President for the Nevada ACEP Chapter.
Dr. McCourt has been a faculty speaker for multiple national emergency medicine conferences including The National Emergency Medicine Board Review Course, ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Directors Academy, High Risk Emergency Medicine conference, the EMS World Expo and the ACEP EM Academy training advanced practice professionals the basics of emergency medicine.



Disclosure of Faculty Financial Interests or Relationships:
It is the policy of the Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) to insure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities, and that all contributors present information in an objective, unbiased manner without endorsement or criticism of specific products or services and that the relationships that contributors disclose will not influence their contributions. In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias. All individuals in a position to control the content of this CME activity have indicated that he/she has no relevant financial relationships, which, in the context of this CME activity, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest. Complete disclosure of relevant (or no) financial relationships will be made to learners prior to the beginning of the CME activity. All faculty pictured may not be at all scheduled course dates. 

Available Credit

  • 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 15.75 AOA Category 2A
  • 16.75 Certificate of Participation


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