Doctors Enjoy Free CME Class on Peer Review

On May 1, More than 100 union members travelled to Manhattan Beach to participate in the second offering from UAPD’s Continuing Medical Education Program, entitled “Peer Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” Since 2009 UAPD has been offering complementary CME courses on compelling topics as a benefit to union members.

Attorney Erin Muellenberg and three UAPD board members – Stuart Bussey, J.D. M.D., Ronald Bortman, M.D., and Robert Weinmann, M.D. — analyzed the subject of peer review, exposing the benefits of a fair and rational peer review practice and the pitfalls associated with poorly performed peer review. The speakers took many questions from audience members, some of whom had their own strong opinions on the value of peer review. Towards the end of the session, doctors used what they learned to discuss how they would respond to a number of peer review scenarios, many drawn from the actual experiences of the speakers.

Immediately following the CME program, doctors enjoyed a union-sponsored luncheon with Ted Lieu, current State Assembly Member from Los Angeles. Assembly Member Lieu expressed his opposition to the governor’s plan to move corrections health care to the University of California, and fielded questions on a range of topics from the assembled doctors. UAPD members were privileged to hear first-hand Assembly Member Lieu’s insights on how to handle the many challenges facing the State of California today.
More complimetary CME courses will be held later this year. Union members can visit the website or look for paper mailings for more information on upcoming UAPD-sponsored CME classes in their area.

Free Peer Review CME Class and Lunch with Assemblymember Ted Lieu

The class and lunch are complimentary for UAPD Members, but space is limited. Please download the registration form and return it by fax or mail to reserve your seat.

ATTENTION DENTISTS: UAPD is now authorized by the California Dental Board to confer continuing education credit for dentists. This course qualifies for four (4) Category II CE credits for dentists.

CME Class Medical Peer Review: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, And What We Do Next. Saturday May 1, 2010, 9 am – 1 pm. Manhattan Beach Marriot, Manhattan Beach, CA

Purpose of Course: Medical peer review can be a valuable tool in protecting professional standards and ensuring high quality patient care, but only if the peer review process is both ethical and empirically sound. This continuing medical education activity will discuss the problems inherent in many current peer review programs, and their solutions. This activity is intended for all Physicians, Podiatrists, and Dentists. There are no prerequisites.

The course features a presentations by a panel of experts including Erin Muellenberg, J.D.. She has focused her practice on external peer review services and medical staff matters, and has conducted numerous workshops on medical staff peer review.

Four (4) Complimentary American Medical Association PRA Category 1 CME Credits Available. Space Limited. Joint Sponsored by the University of California Irvine School of Medicine and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD). This provider is authorized to confer 4 units of California continuing education credit for dentists.

Followed by Lunch with State Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles). Saturday May 1, 2010, 1 pm – 2 pm. Manhattan Beach Marriot, Manhattan Beach

Assemblymember Lieu, a staunch supporter of civil service workers including UAPD doctors, is a candidate for Attorney General of California.