10013 - Risk Management in Dermatopathology with Concentration on Melanocytic Lesions

Course Director

Steven R. Tahan, M.D., Harvard Medical School


This online CME course increases awareness of risk of error in routine practice of diagnostic Dermatopathology and provides mechanisms for minimize risk of error when handling difficult cases. It concentrates on pitfalls in the diagnosis of melanoma and mimics. This will enable more effective consultations to clinical providers and thereby improve treatment efficacy and clinical outcomes.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Opus Medicus designates this Internet enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credits

In addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Opus Medicus designates this course for Specialty Board MOC Program Credits:

2.0 ABP CC/MOC Credits1

Accreditation Statement

Opus Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Tuition Fees

Course & Credits: $52.00

Course Dates

Last Review Date: 21-Oct-2020
Expiration Date: 21-Oct-2023


The course objectives are to:

1. Increase awareness of risk of error in routine practice of diagnostic Dermatopathology and provide mechanisms to minimize error in diagnosis and communication when handling difficult cases. Emphasis on risk awareness in diagnosing melanocytic lesions and melanoma.

2. Enable more effective consultations to clinical providers for improved clinical outcome.


The course covers the following topics:

1. Risk of error in Dermatopathology

2. Synopsis of the nature of medical-legal liability and process of legal claims.

3. Detailed risk scenarios in pre-analytic, analytic,and post-analytic phases of processing skin specimens.

4. High risk case profiles in Dermatopathology

5. Strategies to reduce risk of error in the processing and diagnosis of skin specimens.

The course includes numerous high-quality images that illustrate key pitfalls taken from actual medical malpractice cases. These are delivered via our state-of-the-art web interface. They provide both an experience base and ready-reference.

Specific topics covered in this AMA PRA Categogy 1 Credit™ online CME course include medical error, vicarious liability, negligence, misdiagnosis of melanoma, underdiagnosis of melanoma, overdiagnosis, delay in diagnosis, failure to notify, suboptimal biopsy, suboptimal histology, margin assessment, high risk dermatopathology, spindle and epithelioid (Spitzoid) melanocytic lesions, atypical Spitz tumor, Spitz nevus, desmoplastic melanoma, nevoid melanoma, mucinous melanoma, cellular fibrohistiocytic lesions, pigmented spindle cell nevus, medical-legal Dermatopathology, lost specimen, system failure, lawsuit, claim, pathology error, medical error, and pathology risk management.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Competencies

☑  Patient Care (PC)
☑  Medical Knowledge (MK)
☑  Interpersonal and Communications Skills (IC)
☑  Systems-Based Practice (SBP)

Financial Relationship Disclosure and Content Attestation

Dr. Steven Tahan has a consultant relationship with Risk Management Foundation of Cambridge, MA and Promutual Group of Boston, MA, neither of which has had influence on any aspect of this course. No other person who has provided content for or who can influence the content of this course has disclosed financial relationships with commercial entities that produce healthcare-related products or services relevant to the course content.

There has been no commercial support for this course.

Supported Computer Hardware and Software Configurations2

Supported client computing platforms include:

A broadband Internet connection is required (e.g., cable, DSL, and 3G or 4G wireless). The course presentation is automatically scaled to the size of the display, from 800x480 pixels (minimum supported) to 1920x1200 pixels. On some smart phones, viewing courses may be tedious.

Supported browsers include:

Javascript, cookies, and popups must be enabled on your browser (which is the default configuration for most browsers).

1. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2.0 CC/MOC credits for the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Continuing Certification (CC) / Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, in addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Participants will earn CC/MOC credits equivalent to the amount of AMA PRA Category 1 credits claimed for the activity. Immediately upon course completion, Opus Medicus will submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP CC/MOC credit.

2. The course may also be viewable on other client computing platforms that comply with Internet standards. If you experience technical problems that prevent you from viewing the course, we will promptly issue a full refund upon request.