October Grand Rounds – Fast Forward to the Future: Got Staffing Problems? Don’t Hesitate to Get Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Under Control

October 3, 2023 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

For decades, sexual harassment and discrimination have been unlawful – and substantial legal judgments against hospitals (and sometimes physicians) have not been unheard of. But, experience has taught us that the threat of legal action has not been sufficient to eradicate these forms of discrimination. At least not for Medical Staffs.

But, hospitals’ recent struggles to find and retain direct care staff might finally provide the additional motivation necessary for real change. Anecdotal evidence suggests that complaints of discrimination are experiencing an uptick. Because behavior is worse? Maybe. But, more likely, because staff are no longer afraid to speak up. They know they have options.

What can your organization do to respond? How can you not only stay on the right side of the law, but also ensure that your workplace is seen as desirable and welcoming? Join us for the October installment of Grand Rounds, where we will discuss everything Medical Staff leaders need to know about peer review of sexual harassment concerns.


• Types of sexual harassment
• How to distinguish sexual harassment from lawful flirty banter
• Other types of unlawful sexual discrimination
• Unprofessional conduct that is sex or gender based
• Who should manage the peer review of sexual harassment concerns? Human resources? The group practice medical director? The CMO? The Department Chair? A Leadership Council?
• Consequences of not addressing sexual harassment and discrimination
• Should consensual relationships be prohibited? Be managed? By who?

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this audio conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of managing sexual harassment by Medical Staff members – and understand the legal and practical implications of failing to do so;
  2. Develop Bylaws and/or policy language outlining both Medical Staff committees and Medical Staff responsibility for preventing and addressing sexual harassment and discrimination within the Medical Staff; and
  3. Distinguish between harmless joking or gracious compliments from comments and conduct that violate the civil rights laws of the United States of America.

Education Credit

Instructions on how to obtain your Continuing Education certificate for audio conferences will be e-mailed to the contact person for your organization at the conclusion of this audio conference.

Category 1 CME

Joint Provider Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and HortySpringer Seminars.  The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NAMSS Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credit and NAMSS hereby awards 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credits for participation in this activity.  Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.

About Grand Rounds

Designed for even the busiest hospital and medical staff leaders, registration for the year-long series is a quick and inexpensive way for Medical Staff Officers, members of the Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairs, Chairs of the Credentials and Peer Review Committees, and the Chairs of other key Medical Staff committees to have access to the most up-to-date health care information at their fingertips while obtaining valuable CME credits as well.

  • The audio conference series consists of twelve audio conferences spread over the course of the year (one AC/month)
  • Each audio conference is offered the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
  • Registration includes an MP3 containing the audio conference at no additional charge following each conference.
  • CME credit issued for live conference participation only.

HortySpringer Audio Conference Disclaimer

The information presented during an audio conference and any supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing contained therein is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice for specific cases or circumstances.

No one should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information presented during an audio conference without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer practicing as permitted by applicable laws, regulations or rules of professional conduct. No attorney-client relationship is formed by registration for an audio conference or the use of the supplementary materials.


Audio Conferences/Grand Rounds Registration: $250 and includes:

  • 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™*
  • 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credit*
  • One MP3 recording to share with your staff throughout the year.
  • Three additional phones lines. You may purchase additional lines for $50/line, per audio conference.

Can’t make the live audio conference? No problem! We offer single MP3 recordings for $250/each (Separate MP3 purchase does not qualify for CME credits. CMEs will only be given for live participation the day of the AC).

Want the entire 2023 Grand Rounds AC Series?
If you would like to purchase the entire 2023 Grand Rounds audio conference series, we’re happy to offer you a special rate of $1,850 to include all 12 episodes (one per month). Please contact our office for more information.

*Not all audio conferences will be approved for continuing medical education credits.

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