Legal liabilities in continuing education: Protecting your institution and yourself

Gloria H. Allington, Anita Cava

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Continuing medical education (CME) activities conducted by medical schools, institutions, or organizations contain inherent liability potentials that should be recognized. Three major areas for potential liability should be carefully regarded by individuals who supervise, organize, or plan educational programs. These are: 1) contract liability--specifically in contracts with hotels, i.e., cancellation clauses, warranties, and indemnifications; 2) liability for ensuring the health and safety of individuals, i.e., fire, security, hazards, emergency procedures, and alcohol at functions; and 3) appropriate and adequate insurance coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988


  • Continuing medical education
  • liability
  • protection from liability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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