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More and more claims are being brought against health care organizations and the people that work within them. Understanding your legal responsibilities and being able to effectively reduce and manage legal risk has never been more critical. Now in its 9th year, OsgoodePD’s Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care certificate was specifically developed for health care professionals and their advisors to respond to these challenges.

OsgoodePD’s accomplished faculty of lawyers, risk managers, patient safety experts, doctors and insurance industry experts will discuss the risks and best practices for reducing and managing them. Throughout this unique intensive five-day program, there will be ample opportunity for questions, discussions and debates.

What you will learn:

  • Gain critical experience in simulated examinations for discovery and cross examinations
  • Overview of key patient safety concepts
  • The link between patient safety and risk management and the role of the risk manager
  • How to conduct post-incident investigations and what disclosure should be made, to whom and when
  • How to deal with adverse events that can lead to organizational crisis including; tips for dealing effectively with the media
  • Overview of a malpractice claim: what should you expect?
  • Defence best practices/mitigation strategies: the importance of documentation and tips and tools regarding the preservation of evidence
  • Learning from past claims, audits, self-assessments and inspections
  • The rising spectre of class actions in health care: how should your organization respond?
  • The impact of being sued: dealing with the pressure of litigation
  • Responding to risk in specialty areas, including obstetrics, diagnosis, medication and mental health, and a practical overview of current litigation trends in these areas
  • Role of the Coroner in enhancing patient safety
  • Managing risk in end-of-life care
  • Healthcare risk: a view from the Bench


Program Director

  • Michael Fraleigh, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

Advisory Board

  • Lesley Beagrie, Associate Dean, Professional & Global Programs, Faculty of Health, York University
  • Mary Gavel, eHealth Privacy Specialist, Health Information Technology Services (HITS), a division of Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Leonard Kunka, Thomson, Rogers
  • Hugh MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Patient Safety Institute Edmonton, Alberta
  • Polly Stevens, Vice President, Healthcare Risk Management, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)
  • Penny A. Washington, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Brent Windwick, Q.C., Field Law, Edmonton, Alberta


  • Philip B. Abbink, Cavalluzzo LLP
  • Dr. Joy Albuquerque, Medical Director, Physician Health Program, Ontario Medical Association
  • Allyson Booth, RM, Director, Quality and Risk Management, Association of Ontario Midwives
  • Nina Bombier, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Dr. Stephen Brown, Staff Anesthesiologist, William Osler Health System, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • Kate Cahill, Thomson, Rogers
  • Dr. David A. Cameron, MD, LLB, CCFP, Regional Supervising Coroner, North Region – Sudbury Office
  • Dr. Paula Chidwick, Director, Research and Corporate Ethics, Ethicist, William Osler Health System
  • Dr. Peter I. Collins, CD, MD, MCA, FRCP(C), Forensic Psychiatrist, Complex Mental Illness Program, CAMH, Forensic Psychiatrist, Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit, Ontario Provincial Police and Associate Professor, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Pat Croskerry, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law
  • Dr. Christopher Feindel, MD, Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto, Cardiac Surgeon, University Health Network
  • Michael B. Fraleigh, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
  • Mary Gavel, Privacy Lead, CritiCall Ontario, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Maria Gergin, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Risa Kirshblum, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Arlene Kraft, Manager, Healthcare Risk Management, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)
  • Anna L. Marrison, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Dr. Anne Matlow, Faculty Lead, Strategic Initiatives, Post Graduate Medical Education,University of Toronto
  • The Hon. Justice Michael McKelvey, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Dr. Ken Milne, Professor Emeritus, Western University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; President, KENEIR Corporation
  • J. Mark Raven-Jackson, Field Law LLP
  • Ru Taggar, RN, MSc.N, Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing and Health Professions Executive, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Vicki Van Wagner, RM, PhD, Associate Professor, Midwifery, Ryerson University
  • The Hon. Justice Darla A. Wilson, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Brent F. Windwick, QC, Field Law LLP
  • Dr. Ari Zaretsky, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

CCHL Accreditation

MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION: Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 10 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at mzacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 4-8, 2019
In Person or Webcast


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$3,395 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Quality leaders
  • Compliance officers from health care institutions
  • Health care risk managers
  • Patient safety representatives
  • Health care organization CEOs and senior staff
  • Professional association and licensing body representatives
  • Health care professionals from all disciplines
  • Lawyers practising health law (both in-house and from private practice)
  • Medical directors of health care organizations and government agencies
  • Heath insurance industry professionals
  • Ethicists
  • Government and public policy advisors

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Accredited By



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“Great program. Amazing line-up of speakers, great balance of theory & practice. Highly recommend.”
– Sean Molloy, Director, Quality, Safety and Enterprise Risk and Interim Director, Medical Affairs, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto

“Course directly applicable to my role. Should be mandatory for risk managers & patient relations roles.”
– Catherine Nicol, Director, Quality, Patient Safety & Interprofessional Practice, Quinte Health Care

“Everything was amazing. I loved this program. Thanks for the awesome education. I will be talking about this course with so many people.”
– Christopher Axtell, Professional Responsibility/Labour Relations Officer, United Nurses of Alberta

“This was an amazing program. I’m not a risk manager but was able to take many things away from this course as someone who works in patient safety for a nursing union. Michael was an incredible facilitator. Speakers were incredible.”
– Joshua Bergman, Professional Responsibility Advisor, United Nurses of Alberta

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.