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Law and Medicine: An Interprofessional Course
Often, the first encounter between law and medicine occurs during litigation rather than in a learning environment. In this unique interprofessional course, Penn State medical residents and Penn State Law students together will examine important, intersecting areas of law and medicine, with a special focus on the adjudication and resolution of tort claims arising from medical treatment. Our objective is that each professional group gain a better understanding of the other in order to enhance the efficacy of their own practice. We will explore competing medical and legal perspectives, define technical terms, discuss methods, and outline systems and techniques used in each respective profession. The course will culminate in a final mock trial in which the law students will act as advocates, and the medical residents as experts and party-physicians, in the resolution of claims of medical malpractice.