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Litigation Education Retreat (Fall 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 attend a half-day Litigation Education Retreat on Saturday, October 23, offered at no charge as a part of your CAP membership. 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. 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.

Managing Litigation-Related Stress 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Gain insights 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.
Learn 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.
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 Practice Session 11:15 a.m. – Noon
Put the morning’s lessons into practice to help you achieve the best litigation result.

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

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.

*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 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.

  • Shelley C. Spiecker, Ph.D.

    Dr. Shelley Spiecker has been advising attorneys on case strategy, courtroom persuasion and jury selection for 27 years. With a doctorate in legal communication, Dr. Spiecker routinely advises attorneys on case and trial presentation strategies. She is nationally recognized for her work helping to prepare witnesses for deposition and trial. She has extensive experience in the design and analysis of mock jury trial and focus group research as well as mock bench trials and mock arbitrations. Her studies of the tactical use of innuendo in the courtroom, and her analyses of effective opening statements and closing arguments have been recognized as valuable contributions to the trial consulting field. She also enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her two children.

  • 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.

  • 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.

October 23, 2021
Sat 8:45 AM PDT

Duration 3H 15M

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