Peer Review: How, When, and Why

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Peer Review: How, When, and Why

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Peer Review: How, When, and Why

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Presented on: Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern

Presented by: Sharon Beckwith and Don Lefkowits, MD

Educational peer review can help identify, track, and resolve inappropriate clinical performance and medical errors in their early stages, increasing patient safety and overall quality of care. A hospital’s medical staff is charged with ensuring that its practicing physicians are competent and professional. This is accomplished through credentialing and recredentialing, and peer review is an essential element of that process. Yet hospital medical staffs often struggle with effective peer review.

In this 90-minute webinar, Sharon Beckwith, CEO of MD Review, and Don Lefkowits, MD, medical director at MD Review, will provide actionable strategies for effective peer review, offer evaluation methodologies for monitoring physician performance, and describe common pitfalls that impede the peer review process. The speakers will also highlight the crucial role of communication in effective peer review and explain the advantages of methods such as simulation, proctoring, and external review. Additionally, Beckwith and Lefkowits will discuss why peer review is so important and how MSPs and the medical staff can work together to ensure that it is done effectively. The presentation will conclude with a live Q&A session with the speakers so that attendees can get their most pressing questions answered.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why effective communication is key to successful peer review
  • Describe multiple methods for evaluating physician care and explain when it would be appropriate to use each one
  • List barriers that can impede the peer review process and provide strategies for overcoming them


  • The importance of peer review
    • Why we do peer review
    • A short review of OPPE and FPPE
  • Strategies for effective peer review
    • Indicators by service line
    • Consistent communication of results
    • Standardized processes
    • Effective communication across departments
  • Evaluation methodologies to monitor physician performance
    • Chart review
    • Monitoring patterns in clinical practice
    • Simulation
    • Proctoring
    • External peer review
  • Pitfalls or barriers to successful peer review
    • Cultural pitfalls
    • Lack of strong physician leadership support
    • Lack of knowledge or experience with peer review
  • Live Q&A

Who Should Listen?

  • MSPs
  • Medical staff professionals
  • Medical staff leaders
  • Physician leaders
  • Chiefs of staff
  • Department chairs
  • Committee chairs
  • Medical staff services
  • Peer review coordinators
  • Physician executives
  • Quality professionals
  • Risk management professionals

Meet the Speakers

Sharon Beckwith

Sharon Beckwith is the CEO of MD Review and brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the company. Beckwith has cultivated a unique combination of experience in executive management as well as extensive expertise in physician peer review and medical staff management, working daily with hospital clients to understand and meet their medical staff, quality improvement, risk management, and peer review challenges. In recent years, she has presented nationally to several medical staff services associations. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Don Lefkowits, MD

Don Lefkowits, MD, is a medical director at MD Review. He completed his undergraduate degree, medical degree, and residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth College. He began his career in emergency medicine in 1980 and has practiced at Rose Medical Center since 1984. At Rose, Lefkowits served as a member of the hospital Board of Trustees, president of the medical staff, and chair of the credentials committee as well as the peer review committee. He supported hospital and medical staff functions by chairing fair hearings, providing crisis management and press interactions, and developing physician leadership programs. As medical director of the emergency department (ED), Lefkowits has put in place state-of-the-art cardiac, stroke, and trauma alert programs and helped lead the way in programs to enhance ED throughput and patient safety and satisfaction metrics. In 2008, he was honored in 5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine as the Top ED Doctor in Denver. Lefkowits is board certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine and currently serves on the Colorado Medical Board.


Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version will be available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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