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Liability Risk Management for Practicing Medical Physicists


David Jordan

D Jordan1*, (1) University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

SU-C-Salon BCD-2 Sunday 1:30:00 PM - 3:30:00 PM Room: Salon BCD

The risks of financial harm to medical physicists due to professional liability are complex and often difficult to determine clearly. This presentation introduces the terminology and concepts of professional liability as it relates to the practice of clinical medical physics. Physicists will learn about situations that would lead to claims for financial damages under professional liability. The terminology of professional liability insurance will be introduced, enabling physicists to understand how insurance works and to determine the adequacy of a particular product for their individual needs. An approach to determining the need for coverage, as well as the amount of coverage, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify risks and liabilities arising from the practice of medical physics.
2. Explain the role of professional liability insurance in a medical physicist’s risk management.
3. Understand terms and conditions typically encountered in liability insurance policies.
4. Determine the amount and type of coverage needed to protect personal assets from uncovered or inadequately-covered risks.


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