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Prioritizing Patient Safety: Reducing Risk through Closed Claim Analysis

Richard Small, JD
Speaker Richard Small, JD
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Friday, August 27, 2021
Breakfast and registration: 8 a.m.
Seminar: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.


University of Mississippi School of Dentistry
Room D114
2500 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39216

Hosted by:

  • The University of Mississippi School of Dentistry
  • Mississippi Dental Association
  • Brown & Brown Insurance

Course description:

In this course, closed dental malpractice claims will be analyzed to identify how and when dentists and their staff can implement risk management and ethical principles to enhance patient safety and reduce untoward outcomes. Topics include extractions and implants, failure to diagnose, nerve injury, and patient selection and management considerations. There are no prerequisites.


  • Apply clinical risk management strategies to improve patient safety, mitigate associated risk factors, and reduce untoward outcomes and malpractice claims
  • Implement strategies to help prevent failure to diagnose allegations
  • Recognize the potential effect technology and applied risk management can have on mitigating and managing nerve injury

Speaker: Richard Small, JD

Mr. Small practices law in Michigan. He spent the first 20 years of his law practice defending dentists in court in Michigan and other states. He became an insurance agent for OMSNIC and Fortress in 2000, merging his insurance agency with Dyste Williams in 2021. Mr. Small is currently the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Michigan Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Great Lakes Society of Oral Surgeons. He also represents the Council of Michigan Dental Specialties and sits on the Michigan Dental Association Access to Care Study Group. Richard teaches risk management courses at several dental schools, writes articles on avoiding litigation in a variety of periodicals and lectures frequently on many aspects of dental malpractice litigation around the country. He comes from a family of dentists. Mr. Small has nothing to disclose.


To register, please send the following information and applicable fees to:

Brown & Brown
P.O. Box 2140
Mandeville, LA 70471

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Office Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number


Please make checks payable to Brown & Brown

  • Dentists: $25.00
  • Staff: $15.00
  • Residents: Complimentary

Registration Deadline:

Monday, August 23, 2021

Cancellations must be received in writing to Brown & Brown no later than Monday, August 23, 2021 for a full refund.


Contact Fortress agent:
Stormy Blair
Brown & Brown Association Services Professionals
(888) 503-5547

The speaker for today has no relevant relationships to disclose. 


This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between OMSNIC, the University of Mississippi SOD and the Mississippi Dental Association.

Fortress Insurance Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of OMS National Insurance Company (OMSNIC). Fortress Risk Management Seminars are produced and sponsored by OMSNIC. OMSNIC is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

OMSNIC designates this activity for three (3) continuing education credits.