ACLM 49th Annual Meeting

Government, Law & Medicine

February 27-March 1, 2009
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Program Schedule

ACLM Invitation from the Program Chair

Greetings! On behalf of our president Michael M. Raskin, MD, JD, MS, MPH, MA, FCLM, the ACLM Executive Committee, Board of Governors, and myself, I’d like to invite you to the 49th Annual Conference of the American College of Legal Medicine.

This year’s program is entitled "Government, Law & Medicine” and includes a tremendously diverse and exciting array of topics and speakers. Those attending the meeting held on February 27 − March 1, 2009 can look forward to presentations on many different topics, including sessions dealing with recent developments in state and federal courts, the FDA, healthcare policy, peer review, medical malpractice, disaster medicine, and regulatory issues.

Also featured, will be our annual Cyril H. Wecht Luncheon. This year’s luncheon topic is "Medico-Legal and Forensic Objectivity in Celebrity and Nationally Prominent Cases: Can Truth Withstand the News Media Onslaught?” We are privileged to have Dr. Wecht speak on this topic. In addition, other events during the meeting will include the 9th Annual Professional Development Luncheon, the Women’s Leadership Breakfast, the President’s Welcome Reception, and, of course, our annual banquet.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Vicky A. Trompler, MD, JD, FCLM - 2009 Program Chair

Registration Hours:
Thursday, February 26th 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 27th 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 28th 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1st 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hours:
Friday, February 27th 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 28th 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1st 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Government, Law and Medicine
The 49th Annual Conference of the American College of Legal Medicine will focus on a diverse range of current legal medicine topics. By attending this meeting, the participants should be able to:

  • Identify important legal medicine developments in the courts and in the legislature
  • Describe the successes and failures of the FDA
  • Review health care reform, including the Canadian and Israeli experience
  • Recognize the medical board review process, including the role of the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Practitioner Data Bank
  • Assess physician and hospital relationships including a discussion of the disruptive physician and an in depth review of Poliner
  • Explain communication issues in law and medicine
  • Identify records and the law, including an update on the Freedom of Information Act
  • Describe selected topics on determining disability and the legal implications of working with patients with disabilities
  • Review the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)
  • Recognized the role of forensic science with the media and explain updates in forensic science
  • Review disaster medicine, chemical, biological, natural disasters and military involvement
  • Assess Government regulation of ophthalmology, obstetrics/gynecology and pain management
  • Explain bioethics, medical mistakes, pharmacogenetics, tissue ownership
  • Identify new trends in medical malpractice, medical experts, and psychiatry and the law

Government, Law & Medicine

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the sponsorship of the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM). The American College of Legal Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Legal Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 19.75 AMA PRA Category I Credits, which includes a maximum of 3 Medical Ethics credits and .5 pain management credits.

The American College of Legal Medicine has reviewed this activity’s speaker and planner disclosures and resolved all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.

The American College of Legal Medicine designates this program for up to 19.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, which includes a maximum of 3 legal ethics credit. The precise amount of the CLE will vary by state. Attendance forms will be distributed which may be retained for verification by your state bar association.


Las Vegas is the city of dreams – a 24-hour town, open seven days a week. There is plenty to see and do, and you can be sure your stay will be an exciting one!

Images of the Rat Pack, showgirls in elaborate headdresses and Elvis impersonators are indelible in the minds of Las Vegas visitors. Today, Las Vegas’ entertainment scene still has plenty of the old glamour, but it has evolved to include so much more. In addition to the classic staples, Las Vegas offers a lineup of award-winning magicians, Broadway-caliber productions, world-renowned concert headliners and unique-to-Vegas production shows. Many of the performances on the Las Vegas Strip are among the best and most innovative in the world, from the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group to Las Vegas productions of world famous recording artist Cher and "Jersey Boys,” a musical following the dream of four blue-collared kids reaching for stardom, featuring a unique sound, that takes you back to the 1960s.

If casinos are your bag, you can look forward to a wide variety of traditional card and dice games, race and sports books, slot machines, cashless slot machines, high-tech electronic gambling devices and international games of chance. Or you can look forward to relaxing in the warm weather, playing a round of golf or going on a desert tour.

The ACLM looks forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

In the end of February/beginning of March in Las Vegas, the average low temperature is 39° F, and the average high temperature is 63° F. A sweater is recommended for cooler evenings.


Airport Information
The main airport for the Las Vegas Valley is McCarran International Airport (LAS). Located at the southernmost tip of the famed Las Vegas Strip, McCarran is just a short ride from the heart of the city.

Car Rental
Avis Rent-A-Car is the official rental car company for the ACLM 2009 Annual Conference. You are not required to use them, but we encourage you to take advantage of their special offer. You must return the car at the same renting location, or additional surcharges apply. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverage, or gas refueling charges. Weekend daily rates are available from 12:00 p.m. Thursday through 11:59 p.m. Monday. When making your reservations, dial (800) 331-1600 and mention code "J901055” to receive the discounted rates.

The taxi stand is located on the east side of baggage claim. Taxis are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The ride from the airport to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino takes approximately 15 minutes depending on traffic and the average fare one-way is $20 − $25 including tip.

Shuttle Service
Several companies offer shuttle service from the airport to Strip hotels. One such company is Bell Trans, which offers airport shuttle service 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. For reservations or more information call (800) 274-7433 or visit Average cost is $6 − $7 oneway from the airport. Advanced reservations are recommended or you may purchase a voucher at the airport. NOTE: Shuttles make several stops along the Strip depending on riders’ destinations. Planet Hollywood is located near the center of the Strip and therefore the shuttle may make several stops prior to reaching it.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 785.5555
(866) 919-7472

Rate: $199.00 single/double (plus applicable taxes, currently 9%)
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 1:00 p.m.

Reservations can be made via the toll-free number, (866) 919-7472. Please reference the ACLM Annual Conference when calling. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card at the time of the reservation. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, February 11, 2009 to receive the discounted rate.


ABLM & ABMM Review Course
Medical Malpractice Mock Trial
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $195.00

Review Course / Mock Trial Brochure

The program includes commentaries and trial tips by various speakers throughout the mock trial. The mock trial is a practical method of medical liability education. It includes motions, opening statements, direct and cross examination of plaintiff and defense witnesses, final arguments, jury instructions, verdict, judgment and post-trial motions. The goals of the mock trial are to emphasize the importance of appropriate documentation and examine how medical records are often used in medical negligence litigation; to emphasize how physician–patient rapport and professionalism can reduce the likelihood of litigation; to provide attendees with a better overall understanding of litigation; to assist attendees in understanding what responsibilities they may have as witnesses in litigation; and to better understand the contributions of expert witnesses in a medical negligence trial.

Earn a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 5 CLE credits

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
For additional information and online registration for both the Review Course and the Exam visit the ABLM website at or contact Dr. Sandy Sanbar via email at:

9th Annual Professional Development Lunch
Date: Friday, February 27, 2009
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This popular forum will provide you with information about various careers available in the field of legal medicine. Audience participation will be encouraged, and many have found this to be a valuable session. Please check the appropriate area on the registration form if you are interested in attending.

President’s Welcome Reception
Date: Friday, February 27, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet and mingle with friends and colleagues at the annual Welcome Reception. Admission to the reception is included in your registration fee.
Attire: Business casual attire is appropriate.

Women’s Leadership Breakfast
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Time: 7:00 a.m. − 8:00 a.m.
Join us for the second annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast. Share your career transition experiences and become more involved in the ACLM committees and educational programs. Pre-registration is required to attend the breakfast.

Annual Reception & Banquet
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner
Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow colleagues as you are treated to world-class cuisine and crooned to by the melodic songs of Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack impersonators.
Attire: Business

Cancellation Policy
Requests for refunds, less a $50 processing fee, must be made in writing prior to January 23, 2009. No refunds will be made for meeting registration cancellations after that date or for requests not received in writing. No exceptions will be made.

Please direct all cancellation correspondence to the ACLM Office.

Exhibitors(as of 12/15/09)
Taylor & Francis Group, LLC