San Francisco Bay Area Region

CPPPH workshops in the  Bay Area Region

Alameda-Contra Costa County Medical Association

6230 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

DATE of next workshop: TBA

There is no fee, but an advance reservation is required.  The workshop is designed for members and staff of physician health committees in hospital medical staffs, medical groups, county medical societies and specialty societies. To reserve a place, send an email to with the name of the hospital or institution and a note about your role (e.g., member, Chair, etc.). Reservations are made by email only. You will receive a confirmation by email.   This is an activity of California Public Protection and Physician Health.  It is not a program of continuing medical education; no CME credit is offered.

Materials from past workshops you can download and use (Credit to CPPPH will be appreciated):

  • August 1, 2015

Looking Closely at Disruptive Behavior
Presented by:

Behaviors that Undermine a Culture of Safety: Policies and Procedures for Hospital Medical Staffs
R. Gregory Cochran, MD, JD – Nossaman, LLP, San Francisco

Looking Closely at Disruptive Behavior
Karen Miotto, MD
Chair, Medical Staff Health Committee, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

  • January 24, 2015

Disruptive Behavior and the Medical Staff’s Response: Clinical, Legal and Administrative Issues
Presented by:

Legal Issues Related to Disruptive Behavior
Tom Curtis
, Nossaman, LLP – Orange County

Disruptive Physician Behavior: To assist or discipline? That is the question.
Norman T. Reynolds
, Comprehensive Psychiatric Consulting Services

  • June 7, 2014

Assessing the Aging Physician: Legal Aspects
Presented by: Richard D. Barton, Partner
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP San Diego

  • February 1, 2014

Assessing the Aging Physician: Neuropsychological and Psychological Factors Pertaining to Fitness for Duty [PDF]
Presented By: Penelope Zeifert, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Neuropsychology Service;
Co-Director, Stanford Center for Memory Disorders;
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences

  • April 20, 2013

How (and Why) Physician Health Committees Work: Legal Counsel’s Overview of their Role and Function [PDF]
Presented by: Gregory Abrams, Esq., Pacific West Law Group, LLP, Oakland

  • December 1, 2012

Cognitive Disorders — A Forgotten Source of Physician Impairment
Presented by: Norman Reynolds, MD, Private Practice of Psychiatry focusing on evaluation of impaired professionals; Vice-chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards Workgroup on Impaired Physicians

Cognitive Disorders – Key Take-Home Points [PDF]

  • July 28, 2012

Monitoring in the Post-Diversion Era: Who Does It and How It is Done
Presented by: William McCausland, PhD and Francine Farrell, MS, Members of the Pacific Assistance Group in Northern California

Sample Monitoring Agreement from Pacific Assistance Group and Agreement to Serve as Worksite Monitor [PDF]

  • March 10, 2012

Disruptive Behavior, Mental Illness, Aging: Unique Aspects of These Conditions When We See Them in Physicians
Presented by: Robert Dolgoff, MD, Berkeley Therapy Institute

» Assessing Physicians for Disruptive Behavior, Mental Illness, Aging [PDF]

  • November 5, 2011

Q and A about Drug Testing and the third party administrator used by the Medical Board, FirstLab
Panel moderated by: Janis Thibault, MFT

FirstLab Enrollment Agreement – sample of the agreement between FirstLab, a drug testing service (or “third party administrator” of drug testing) and the person being monitored [PDF] Sample: FirstLab Report [PDF] Sample: Quest Laboratories Report [PDF]

  • July 9, 2011

A Lawyer Looks at Committee Roles, Responsibilities and Functions
Presented by: Kimberley Ware, Esq., Principal, Ware Law Group, Emeryville

Case illustration for discussion of the role and function of medical staff committees on physician health or well-being committees [PDF] Physicians Under Stress: Recognition and Support  Rosenstein, A., MD. See page 8 of the MBC Newsletter July 2011 [PDF] The Goals of the Medical Board’s Wellness Committee  Gregg, L., MD. See page 7 of the MBC Newsletter Jan. 2008 [PDF]