Continuing Education Programs for Healthcare

Please review the information below pertaining to ELM's continuing education programs. ELM is accredited to provide both CE for nurses and CME for physicians. The type and amount of credit for each course is indicated on the My Courses and/or course introduction page.

The ELM Risk & Safety Institute is a self-study educational experience designed to address gaps in professional performance or competence that impact patient outcomes and may lead to professional liability

Case-based continuing education: Whether redacted from actual medical malpractice cases illustrating the complex interactions between medicine and law or from the first-hand experience of ELM's distinguished faculty, ELM's course content is based on actual events you may encounter in practice and reflects best practices supported by recent patient safety literature.

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ELM is accredited to provide both CE for nurses and CME for physicians. The type and amount of credit for each course is indicated on the My Courses and/or course introduction page.

CME for Physicians

ELM Exchange, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Nursing Contact Hours

Coverys is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Program Information

Hardware/Software Requirements

The ELM courses have been designed to operate in the most commonly used internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) and mobile device web-surfing platforms (iPhone, Droid, etc.). If you have altered your browser's configuration, you must at least ensure that it accepts "cookies" and has JavaScript enabled. For technical assistance, contact ELM Support.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education Credit

Participants are expected to visit all case presentations before attempting to take the test and activity evaluation. Successful completion of a unit will lead to the online issuance of a certificate. Please follow these steps in order to receive credit for taking a course:

  • Read all of the relevant accreditation information.
  • Read and complete all modules included in each course.
  • Receive a passing test score (70% minimum) on the course.
  • Complete the online post-activity evaluation.

Your certificate will be issued electronically following successful completion of the course test and post-activity evaluation.


Content Validity Attestation Statements

ELM activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

ELM activities have been designed and developed in compliance with the ANCC Accreditation Criteria.

ELM Exchange, Inc. must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. All faculty participating in this activity are required to disclose to the audience any relevant financial interest and/or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in his/her presentation and/or the commercial contributor(s) of this activity. ELM's faculty and planners do not have any conflicts of interest that would compromise the content of the activities.

This is a risk management education course that addresses the risks that arise in the clinical practice of medicine. It does not endorse specific commercial products or drugs, nor does it promote off-label drug use.

ELM does not accept commercial support or sponsorship, as defined by the ACCME/ANCC, for any of its continuing education activities.

Faculty Staff

ELM course content is developed and updated by a distinguished faculty of physician-attorneys and medical-liability experts. With decades of clinical and instructional experience in analyzing and resolving medical liability problems, the ELM editorial faculty brings expertise, experience, and authority to the coursework.

Sal Fiscina, MD, JD

Jeff Shane, MD, JD

Elizabeth Wiley, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

Kathy Schaefer, MSN, RN, CCRN

Sharon Bagalio, BSN, MPH, CPHRM


Caty House

Lee Susan Spiegel

Neither the faculty listed above nor the planners for ELM's continuing education activities have any relevant financial relationships that would bias or compromise the presentation of these materials.


Legal Disclaimer: The ELM Risk & Safety Institute is not a source of legal advice for actual legal problems. The authors, producers, and sponsors are not offering legal advice. The opinions expressed in this course belong to the authors, and are not offered as the opinions or recommendations of the producers or sponsors. Although the case studies used in ELM courses are based on actual medical malpractice cases, the facts have been adapted to illustrate various medical-legal issues. Legal principles have been adduced from common law decisions, not from statutory or regulatory laws.

Although information contained in this course is thought to generally reflect a nationwide approach to this field, the law of any one state may differ from that of the majority of states. Therefore, the principles expressed should not be used as a substitute for seeking legal advice from an attorney who is familiar with the laws of a specific locality. Legal considerations involved in medical malpractice claim adjudications arise in specific factual contexts that require case-specific analysis, interpretations and the applications of oftentimes unclear or changing principles. Because of variations in fact patterns and local jurisdictions, specific consultation should be obtained before formal action is taken based on any information contained in this course. Information in this self-study program is not intended to be, and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice or contextually based claim adjudication. For specific guidelines on any actual or potential malpractice claim, or for an opinion on a specific liability exposure, consult an attorney.