Medical Malpractice and Health Care Quality (SC)
The tort of medical malpractice continues to be a most influential factor in the American health, legal and insurance systems, and for the public at large. This course covers the history and evolution of medical malpractice in the United States; the effect of malpractice and malpractice litigation on access to and cost of health care. Subject matter includes the law of informed consent; determination of the duty of care in healthcare and the standard of care; defenses to alleged malpractice and allowable damages as well as risk management theory and quality assurance practices. The course will also survey cutting edge malpractice issues such as telemedicine and genetics.
The course concludes with a comparative analysis of the various proposed malpractice tort reforms and alternative dispute resolution.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.