ELM

ELM course content is developed and updated by a distinguished faculty of physician-attorneys and medical-liability experts. With decades of clinical and instructional experience in analyzing and resolving medical liability problems, the ELM editorial faculty brings expertise, experience, and authority to the coursework.

Sal Fiscina, M.D., J.D., Co-Founder
Two decades ago, Dr. Fiscina founded Education in Legal Medicine (ELM), creating its initial, interactive, unified multi-modality courses for educating and training physicians in medical-legal issues and principles. Dr. Fiscina contributes daily to the oversight and development of ELM courses and programs.  Dr. Fiscina has authored several textbooks in law and medicine and has been a professional lecturer in legal medicine for over 30 years.  Dr. Fiscina is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Rochester Medical School and George Washington University National Law Center. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Georgetown University Law Center. He also serves as Chairperson of the American Board of Legal Medicine. Previously, Dr. Fiscina was Deputy Chairman of the Department of Legal Medicine at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and President of the American College of Legal Medicine. In addition, Dr. Fiscina has been a consultant to various organizations, such as the National Practitioners Data Bank. As a result of his extensive experience in legal medicine, Dr. Fiscina has developed specialized instruments for assessing and managing risks associated with clinical practice. 

Caty House – Director of Education
Caty joined the ELM editorial staff in 2010 and now directs the ELM faculty, editorial and instructional design team in the development of courses that support andragogical principles, engage healthcare providers with different learning styles, and maximize the benefits of both the specialty-specific and interdisciplinary online learning experience. In order to ensure ELM’s courses address both the professional practice gaps of ELM learners and emerging patient safety and professional liability risks, Caty is committed to designing and delivering assessment tools that enable ELM to garner learner analytics that both effectively forecast risk and reveal attitudinal factors that preclude behavior modification and/or openness to change. In 2014, Caty earned a graduate degree in Patient Safety, Error Science and Full Disclosure from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas, where she completed a practicum as a writing consultant and earned a B.A. in Humanities.

Jeff Shane, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Shane, a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist and experienced trial attorney, has 35 years of experience in legal medicine. He is a graduate of Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine and George Washington University National Law Center. Prior to joining ELM, Dr. Shane served as the Chief of the Division of Medicolegal Consultation at the Department of Legal Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He was also a consultant for the Department of Justice and other government agencies on federal malpractice claims and lawsuits. For more than 30 years, he has lectured to hospitals, medical associations, and law schools on medical-legal topics, giving more than 100 presentations. Dr. Shane is a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Legal Medicine. He spent more than 20 years in trial practice before Federal and State Courts, and has argued before appellate courts in Maryland and Florida. He is also a retired United States Air Force Colonel.

Elizabeth Wiley, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Wiley is a board-certified family physician and preventive medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A native of Nashville, she is a graduate of Smith College, University of Michigan Law School & School of Public Health, and George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Wiley is both a Teach for America (Detroit) and Fulbright (Norway) alumna. Prior to beginning residency, she served as national president of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She completed residency in family medicine at University of Maryland in Baltimore. Committed to primary care and patient safety, Dr. Wiley was recently selected to receive the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

Kathy Schaefer, MSN, RN, CCRN
As Lead Nurse Planner, Kathy is involved in the oversight of educational offerings developed for nursing education. Kathy has more than 25 years of professional nursing experience, working in primarily emergency and critical care nursing areas.  Most recently, Kathy served as the educator for adult critical care nursing for a large, level one trauma center in Mid-Michigan.  While  in the educator role, Kathy was a Nurse Planner for multiple educational offerings, many of which provided continuing educational credits for nurses through the ANCC.

Sharon Bagalio, BSN MPH CPHRM
Sharon Bagalio has been a Registered Nurse since 1982. She has over 33 years of experience in the healthcare field and has worked within a diverse number of health care systems and held numerous positions including staff/charge Critical Care, Nursing Supervisor, Assistant Manager of Peri-operative Services, Director of Emergency Services, Director of Quality, Claims Administrator and Clinical Risk Manager.  Mrs. Bagalio attended the University of Southern Maine where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2000 and AT Still University with a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 2008. Mrs. Bagalio has been published several times in publications including The Journal of Risk Management, Advance for Nurses magazine and a health wellness column called “An Apple a Day”.  She is currently the Director of Acute Care Coordination at Midcoast Parkview Health System. She has presented for Northern New England Society of Healthcare Risk Management (NNESHRM) and holds membership in healthcare risk management and nursing associations including the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Judith R. Sands, RN, MSL, BSN, CPHRM, CPHQ, CCM, ARM, LHRM
Judith Sands is a relationship focused leader with over 34 years of experience in risk management/patient safety, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), PopHealth, care transitions / Chronic Care Management, quality, health IT in hospitals, academia (medical and dental clinics), managed care, and specialty networks. She is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Nursing and holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Sands has presented at several American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Case Management Society of America annual educational meetings. She has been published in several journals including: The Journal for Healthcare Quality, Professional Case Manager, Case Manager, and CMSAtoday.com. Currently she authors Case Studies and provides Clinical Business consulting services and volunteers on American Society for Healthcare Risk Management Education Development Task Force.

Lee Susan Spiegel – Paralegal, Project Manager 
Lee joined the ELM editorial staff in 2014 and now serves as both a content contributor and project manager. Prior to joining ELM, she spent 20 years as a practicing litigation paralegal with an emphasis in medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Lee is a graduate of the University of Maryland, holds a B.S. in Paralegal Studies and a certificate in Paralegal Studies.  She is a past Chairman, University of Maryland Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, Member, National Federation of Paralegal Associates (NFPA) and Member, Maryland Association of Paralegals (MAP).  Lee is an active volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation and focuses her effort in the area of patient education.