Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • 13:00 - 14:30
Track3 - Medico-Legal
Track Chair: Dr. John Tallon

The Role and Experience of the Expert Witness in Emergency Medicine and Lessons Learned - Dr. Steve Wheeler

Actions Against and College Complaints Regarding Residents - Dr. Charlotte Crosbie

Expert Nursing Opinion: A Window Into Emergency Care - Ms. Sondra Rutman

The Utilization of Data Analytics in Medico-Legal Issues at the CMPA in Emergency Medicine - Dr. Lisa Calder

Description: This presentation will review current medico-legal trends for Emergency Medicine in Canada and describe key risk management messages including how these data can be used to improve the safety of emergency care.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature and drivers of emergency medicine medico-legal trends.
  2. Identify top 3 medico-legal risks in emergency medicine.
  3. Apply at least one practical tip to improve the safety of emergency care.


  1. Complaints to regulatory bodies are increasing –physicians can mitigate their risk.
  2. Diagnostic error is a leading cause of medico-legal complaints in emergency medicine.
  3. An appropriate, focused and well-documented physical exam can help reduce diagnostic error.

Dr. Calder is an emergency physician and patient safety researcher. She is Associate Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine and Affiliate Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is currently Director of Medical Care Analytics at the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Panel Discussion: Mitigation of Medico-Legal Error and Negligence in Emergency Medicine with Audience Questions - Drs. John Tallon, Steve Wheeler, Lisa Calder, Ms. Sondra Rutman