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Litigation Education Retreat (Spring 2021)

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Recognizing the damaging effects a lawsuit can have on a physician’s personal and professional well-being, CAP invites its members to take advantage of a half-day Litigation Education Retreat, offered at no charge as a part of your CAP membership. During this virtual 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. If you are in the process of a medical professional liability lawsuit or simply want to know more, the Litigation Education Retreat will provide a thorough overview of the medical litigation process and help participants effectively deal with the personal and professional stressors associated with being named in a lawsuit.

Participants who attend this live virtual event will earn three CME* AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Learning Objectives

After attending the Litigation Education Retreat, physician participants will be able to:

• Understand the dynamics of physician personalities;
• Learn constructive ways to cope with anger, anxiety, fear, depression, and the emotional fallout associated with a lawsuit;
• Recognize the effects of litigation on staff, family, associates, and the physician-patient relationship;
• Understand the different possible reactions to litigation based on the physician’s cultural/ethnic background;
• Recognize the effects of litigation on work and personal habits;
• Understand the legal process and the roles of the persons involved;
• Project professionalism and competency when discussing medical care rendered.


Managing Litigation-Related Stress 
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 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
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Robert Fessinger, 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
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Presented by litigation communications strategist Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm, 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.

Mock Deposition Demonstration Session
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
See how incorporating the morning’s communication training can result in a better deposition performance.

The Litigation Education Retreat is offered by CAP, a CME-accredited provider. CAP is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education/California Medical Association (ACCME/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 three 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.


  • 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.

  • Robert Fessinger, Esq.

    Since 1991, Robert Fessinger has devoted his practice to the defense of doctors and hospitals throughout California. He has handled every aspect of medical malpractice defense litigation, from case inception through discovery and trial. He has successfully defended physicians in trials and binding arbitrations as well as handling class-action matters against healthcare providers.

    In 2005, Mr. Fessinger relocated his practice to the San Diego office of Schmid & Voiles. Sharing his knowledge and insight, he frequently is asked to lecture to claims specialists, doctors, and attorneys. Mr. Fessinger is a 1991 graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. As part of his legal training, Robert attended London’s Regents College, Inns of Court, where he studied under Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm

    Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm has provided research and strategic advice on several hundred cases across the country for the past 23 years, applying a doctorate in communication emphasizing the areas of legal persuasion and rhetoric. As a tenured Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Dr. Broda-Bahm has taught courses including legal communication, argumentation, persuasion, and research methods. He has trained and consulted in 19 countries around the world and is Past President of the American Society of Trial Consultants.

  • 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.

April 17, 2021
Sat 8:45 AM PDT

Duration 3H 15M

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