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If you are in the process of a medical professional liability lawsuit, CAP's Litigation Education Retreat can provide valuable support and guidance. During this virtual, interactive event, you will learn techniques to help you secure the most favorable litigation result and alleviate the anxiety that most physicians experience during this exceptionally stressful time. This event will be moderated by CAP General Counsel Gordon Ownby. 

Session Topics:
Managing Litigation-Related Stress 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Gain insights from Dr. Timothy Hofeldt, a psychiatrist specializing in physician wellness, on why being named in a lawsuit is so stressful. Learn constructive ways to cope with stress and deal with the anger, anxiety, and emotional fallout.

Preparing a Strong Defense 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Lawrence Wong, Esq, an attorney from CAP’s dedicated defense law firm, Schmid & Voiles, will address what a plaintiff needs to prove in a medical professional liability lawsuit and how to work with your defense attorney to best present your side.

Effective Communication Training 11:00 a.m. – Noon
Presented by litigation communications consultant Kevin Boully, PhD, this segment is designed to help you achieve a best-case outcome by reviewing key elements and techniques for effective communication. Learn how to demonstrate professionalism during both deposition and trial.

The Litigation Education Retreat is offered by CAP, a CME-accredited provider. CAP is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CAP takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity. CAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss constructive ways to cope with anger, anxiety, fear, depression and emotional fallout associated with a lawsuit
  2. Recognize the effects of litigation on staff, family, associates, and the physician-patient relationship
  3. Explain the different possible reactions to litigation based on the physician’s cultural/ethnic backgrounds
  4. Recognize the effects of litigation on work and personal habits
  5. Describe the importance of professionalism and competency when discussing medical care rendered

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, CAP identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by CAP to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. CME Committee Planners, Join Luh, MD, each disclosed relevant financial relationships which were reviewed and determined to not be a conflict of interest because the commercial companies with relationships don't have an interest in the subject matter being presented. The following planners, reviewers, and or faculty have no financial relationships with a commercial company to disclose: Greg Lizer, MD, Amy McLain, BSN, RN, Lisa Thomsen, MD, Steve Kasper, MD, Louie-Marc Contreras, MD, Lance Gravely, MD, Gordon Ownby, Esq. T. Hofeldt, MD, Ken Broda-Brahn, PhD, Robert Fessinger, Esq. and Ann Whitehead, RN, JD.


  • Gordon Ownby, General Counsel, CAP

    As general counsel for the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc., (CAP) since 1992, Mr. Ownby directs a legal staff and outside counsel to deliver legal solutions to this industry-leading medical professional liability company. Working with industry coalitions and company-retained lobbyists, Mr. Ownby provides analysis and key communications for CAP’s health care liability legislative program. Other duties at CAP include management of regulatory compliance, board governance, and liability coverage matters. Mr. Ownby promotes patient safety through his regular column for physicians, “Case of the Month.” In 2010, CAP published Mr. Ownby’s columns in the first edition of Medicine on Trial: Risk Management Lessons from Litigated Cases. His work has been published in Medscape and Inside Medical Liability

    Mr. Ownby earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1987. He is a cum laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, where he earned a BA degree in Political Science.

  • Lawrence Wong, Attorney, Schmid & Voiles

    Lawrence Wong has been engaged in professional liability matters related to healthcare professionals since 1992. Mr. Wong joined Schmid & Voiles in 1997 and devoted his practice exclusively to the defense of physicians throughout California. He is admitted to practice before the State and United States District Courts throughout California. He has been lead trial counsel in Superior Court trials and binding arbitrations since early 2000. Mr. Wong is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, a national, by-invitation-only association of accomplished trial lawyers.

  • Kevin Boully, PhD, Senior Litigation Consultant, Persuasion Strategies

    Dr. Kevin Boully has been active in litigation consulting since 2001. His doctorate in legal communication focuses on persuasion, small group influence, and jury decision making. Dr. Boully has conducted and analyzed research and advised on a full range of plaintiff and defense cases. Dr. Boully has been Associate Editor and advisor to the American Society of Trial Consultants’ jury research and courtroom communication publication, The Jury Expert. Dr. Boully has coauthored a book with Dr. Karen Lisko for the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property entitled Patently Persuasive.

  • Timothy Hofeldt, MD, Psychiatrist

    Tim is a native Oregonian who has his clinical practice in Bend, where he resides. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College and his residency training in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before engaging in fellowship training in the area of physician health and wellness. His professional work includes a clinical practice in general, adult and outpatient psychiatry and consultation. He works with healthcare organizations and professionals with an emphasis on physician litigation stress.

October 17, 2020
Sat 9:00 AM PDT

Duration 3H 0M

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