Course: Risk Management Essentials for Dentists, 2nd Edition PSIC
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
credit(s) CE: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 8/1/2014
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
An overview of risk management for dentists.

Risk Management Essentials for Dentists
2nd Edition PSIC


The majority of dental malpractice claims involve allegations of improper performance of procedures or treatments. These claims arise for a variety of reasons: solo practitioners who allow themselves to become professionally isolated and don’t keep their skills current; general dentists who take on cases that should have been referred to a specialist; failure to review the patient’s medical history or communicate with his primary care physician prior to initiating anesthesia or invasive therapy; failure to fully disclose the anticipated costs and full extent of suggested treatment now and in the future during the process of obtaining patient consent—these are just a few of the lapses that give rise to malpractice claims against dentists.


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

1.  Explain the importance of keeping patient expectations in line with reality.
2.  Explain the technique of obtaining and documenting genuinely informed consent.
3.  Describe the role of teamwork in preventing dental errors.
4.  Explain the right and wrong ways to approach negative Internet reviews of your practice.

Target Audience
This course is designed for general dentists as well as specialists who want information on reducing their professional liability.


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CE test.  Users should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 6 CDE creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

This course is valid through December 31, 2021.

Please check with your insurance carrier for approved courses before registering.  Courses not approved by your insurance carrier will not be accepted by them for any discounts they may offer.