ACLM 50th Annual Meeting

ACLM 50 Years Later: Advances in Medicine

March 4-7, 2010
Caribe Royale
Orlando, FL

Medical Program Schedule
Dental Program Schedule

Welcome from the 2010 Program Chair

Greetings! On behalf of ACLM President Melvin A. Shiffman, MD, JD, FCLM, and Board of Governors, I take pride in welcoming you to our 50th Annual Conference, ACLM 50 Years: Advances in Medicine. This meeting is unique not only because we are celebrating a milestone in the history of this prestigious organization, but also because we are again offering concurrent sessions for a Legal Aspects of Dentistry Conference for the second time in recent history.

We have assembled an excellent faculty of speakers on a tremendously diverse and exciting array of topics. This comprehensive program will provide attendees with current information about leading advances in medicine and law, including sessions pertaining to: recent developments in state courts, federal courts and the medical-legal literature; identity theft and healthcare policy; hospital-based legal clinics and binding arbitration in malpractice claims; medical error; long term care; medical malpractice; and other pertinent issues involving the practice of medicine and the law. In addition, my co-chair, Bruce H. Seidberg, DDS, MScD, JD, FCLM, has developed an engaging dental program to run concurrently.

Since fifty years is a significant achievement, our celebration will include a chronicle of the evolution of ACLM provided by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, one of the original founding members of the organization, at the annual Cyril H. Wecht Luncheon. A historic melding of the minds and legal medicine board certification will be highlighted at the Sandy Sanbar Lecture to be given by William J. Carbone, chief executive officer of the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS). In addition, a prominent group of professionals will debate the unsettled and timely topics of healthcare reform and pharmaceutical and corporate industry relations with health care professionals.

I hope that you will partake in other scheduled social and networking events including the annual Professional Development Luncheon, the Women’s Leadership Breakfast, the President’s Welcome Reception, and, of course, our annual banquet celebrating 50 years of the ACLM.

To those of you who are moderating sessions and speaking, please accept my sincere thank you for getting involved with the conference and making it the success that I know it will be. I thank each and every one of you who are taking the time out of your busy schedules to attend this conference with the intent of learning more about medicine and law, one of the primary missions of ACLM. You will not leave disappointed.

Those of you who are not members of ACLM are invited to apply for membership by stopping at the registration desk.

Please enjoy this educational conference and the ambiance of Sea World, Disney World and the multiple shopping and recreational amenities. We look forward to seeing you return to future meetings.

Victoria L. Green, MD, JD, MBA, MHSA, FCLM
2010 Program Chair

What is the American College of Legal Medicine

Founded in 1960, the American College of Legal Medicine is the organization of health care and legal professionals whose diverse education, training, and experience enable the College to promote interdisciplinary cooperation and an understanding of issues where law and medicine converge. Through its medico-legal resources, the College:

  • Educates and assists health care and legal professionals
  • Advances the administration of justice
  • Influences health policy and improves health care
  • Promotes research and scholarship
  • Facilitates peer group interaction

The ACLM is a professional community of physicians, attorneys, dentists, allied health professionals, administrators, scientists, and others with a sustained interest in medical legal affairs. Membership includes numerous benefi ts, including subscription to a scholarly law journal, the Journal of Legal Medicine, and two other medical legal publications, discounted fees for educational conferences, and the camaraderie of professionals in the areas of law and medicine.

For more information on College programs, please contact the ACLM at (847) 969-0283.

By attending this meeting, the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify important legal medicine developments in the courts and in the legislature
  2. Explain the current issues in legal medicine dealing with vaccine policies, reimbursement issues, national health care system, and pay for performance policy issues
  3. Describe the medical board review process, licensure requirements, the administrative process of medical board review and avoiding medical error
  4. Discuss the medical malpractice issues dealing with informed consent, tort reform, medical board review, and failure to diagnose
  5. Explain disaster medicine and terrorism issues dealing with liability, blast injuries, psychiatric considerations, a physician’s duty to warn, and forensic 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 18.25AMA PRA Category I Credits, which includes a maximum of 2.50 hours of Medical Ethics credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Sessions denoted with an asterick (*) qualify for Medical Ethics credit.


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


The American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) designates this program for up to 18.25 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. The precise amount of CLE will vary by state. Attendance forms will be distributed which may be retained for verification for your state bar association in applying for CLE.

General Information

Orlando is located in central Florida, and is one of the most popular and busy cities in the southeastern United States. Home to the world famous Walt Disney World Resort® and only a short drive away from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast, Orlando provides visitors with countless options regarding activities and attractions.

Theme Parks
A trip to Orlando would not be complete without a visit to one of its several world famous theme parks including the Walt Disney World Resort®. If you want to experience Disney in its most childlike form you may want to visit Magic Kingdom® and experience popular attractions such as Space Mountain and Cinderella’s Castle. For attractions inspired by movies, television, theater and music, spend a day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™. Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park allows visitors to get up close and personal with exotic animals, and partake in rides and shows inspired by characters in Disney animated films. Finally, Epcot® offers visitors a cultural experience, providing attractions that explore space, and earth, as well as a wide assortment of regionally-themed restaurants and exhibits.

If Disney is not your thing, there are other parks to choose from. The Universal Orlando Resort offers two theme parks that may be more appealing to adults. Universal Studios offers rides and attractions that allow guests to feel as though they have stepped into the movies, with famous rides inspired by movies. Universal’s Islands of Adventure invites guests to ride roller coasters and partake in attractions on five different islands, with themes based on movie characters and comic book action heroes. SeaWorld Orlando offers shows starring larger performing animals such as killer whales and dolphins. The park also has various themed water rides and roller coasters. Guests can walk around and view over 100 exhibits featuring aquatic wildlife.

Wildlife and Outdoors
If you are yearning to see Florida’s wildlife in a natural habitat, this spot houses bicycle and hiking trails and observation sites from which vistors can see and photograph a multitude of Florida wildlife. With over 2,000 nearby lakes, rivers and springs, you won’t have to look far to find a fun outdoor activity involving water in Orlando. Wildlife safari tours and airboat adventures both offer visitors a chance to see Orlando’s wildlife and nature by airboat.

Arts, Culture and Dining
In addition to its spectacular outdoor activities and theme parks, Orlando is home to a growing number of galleries and museums. The CityArts Factory is a retreat for artists, theater and film. Orlando City Hall’s Terrace Gallery is free to the public and features exhibits by Florida artists, as well as exhibitions from national and international artists. The north side of Orlando houses several museums including the Orlando Museum of Art, the Mennello Museum of American Art, and the Orlando Fire Museum. For an exciting dining experience, it may be wise to dine at one of Orlando’s up-and-coming restaurants. You can drive down Sand Lake Road where you’ll find more than 20 restaurants within one mile, many of which feature live music. Downtown Orlando features many popular bars and clubs.

In March, the temperature in Orlando ranges from an average low of 55° F to an average high of 78° F.


Airport Information
Orlando International Airport (MCO is approximately 17 miles from the Caribe Royale. Directions: Take 417 South (Central Florida Greenway) to exit #6. Follow to World Center Drive (do NOT turn right onto International Drive). After the light, both hotels are located on the right side. Tolls will total $2.50. Take I-95 South to I-4 West. Take exit #68, and then turn left onto S.R. 535. Go to the 3rd traffic light (World Center Drive) and turn left. The Caribe Royale is the second hotel on the left.

Ground Transportation
The primary ground transportation concessionaire at Orlando International Airport is Mears Transportation. One way transportation for adults (12 and over) is $20.00 each and hildren (ages 4-11) are $16.00 each (price subject to change).
For reservations, please call (407) 423-5566 or visit

Car Rental
Avis Rent-A-Car is the official rental car company for the ACLM meeting. You are not required to use this company, but we encourage you to take advantage of their special offers. You can call AVIS at (800) 331-1600 to book your reservation. Special rates are available during the meeting dates. You must return the car at the same renting location, or additional surcharges may apply. All rates include unlimited, free mileage. Weekend daily rates are available from 12:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday at 11:59 p.m. When making your reservations, please mention the code J901955, along with the meeting name "American College of Legal Medicine,” in order to receive the discounted rates. The special rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverage or gas refueling charges.

Caribe Royale Orlando
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
Phone: (407) 238-8000
Fax: (407) 238-8050
The 50th annual meeting of the ACLM will be held at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Florida. It is located just minutes from Walt Disney World, Epcot, MGM Studios, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. The Caribe Royale Orlando features 1,218 spacious one-bedroom suites with separate living rooms and 120 lakefront two-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens, screened patios and master suites with whirlpool tubs

Queen Double/Standard King: $189.00
King Deluxe: $209.00
Exec Suites: $389.00
Villas: $314.00
(All rates are subject to state and local taxes, currently 12.5%.)

All reservations must be received by February 5, 2010 to take advantage of any group rates or discounts that have been arranged for ACLM meeting attendees. For reservations, please call (800) 823-8300. A first night’s deposit of room and tax will be due at the time reservations are made with a major credit card. To receive these special room rates, reservations must be made by February 5, 2010.


President’s Welcome Reception
Date: Friday, March 5, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Caribbean VI & VII
Description: Take some time to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends in the medical-legal community at the annual ACLM Welcome Reception over cocktails and light hor dourves. Admission to the reception is included in your registration fee. Extra tickets are available for purchase.
Attire: Business Casual

10th Annual Professional Development Lunch
Date: Friday, March 5, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Boca VI – VII

Women’s Leadership Breakfast
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Annual Reception & Banquet
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dinner
Location: Boca VI to VIII
Attire: Business

Cancellation Policy
Requests for refunds, less a $50 processing fee, must be made in writing prior to February 5, 2010. 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.


ABLM 2010 Program/Review Course

"Expert Medical Witness & Testimony”
The ABLM Program is scheduled before the 2010 50th Annual Conference
Thursday, March 4, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
ACLM 50 Years Later: Advances in Medicine 2010 Annual Meeting
March 4-7, 2010
Caribe Royale
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
To register for the ABLM Course, see "Optional Events” on the ACLM Registration Form

ABLM Board Certification Examination
The ABLM Exam will now be offered online following the meeting. For information regarding the ABLM Exam and/or Review Course, please contact:
S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PhD, JD, FCLM
8100 Glenwood Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Tel: (405) 229-7295
ABLM Website:

ACLM History Project for the 2010 50th Annual Meeting:

The 2010 annual meeting of the American College of Legal Medicine will be the College’s 50th Annual Meeting. To celebrate this milestone, we would like to request from the membership their help in a project that will catalogue the history of the ACLM. We are especially interested in locating photos of our past presidents who are now deceased, and photos of past meetings. Please send any photos, anecdotes or information that you feel would assist the ACLM executive office in its efforts to compile the history of our great College. Hopefully with your help, we will be able to create something truly special to present at the meeting.

Deceased Past Presidents:
2004 Philip S. Cifarelli, MD, JD, FCLM FACP, FACG
1993 Daniel B. Cullan, MD, JD, FCLM
1989 Harold L. Hirsh, MD, JD, FCLM
1984 Arthur H. Coleman, MD, JD, FCLM
1983 Jerry Zaslow, MD, JD, FCLM
1981 James G. Zimmerly, MD, JD, MPH, LLD, FCLM
1980 William H.L. Dornette, MD, JD, FCLM
1979 Richard F. Gibbs, MD, LLB, JD, FCLM
1967-69 Carl E. Wasmuth, MD, LLB, FCLM
1964-66 Charles U. Letourneau, MD, LLB,
1963 Louis J. Gelber, MD, LLB, FCLM
1962 Maurice B. Shure, MD, FCLM
1961 Rueben M. Dicker, MD, LLM, FCLM