Medical Malpractice and Health Care Quality (SC)
Section 1, Fall 19
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.
Midterm Type (if any): None
Final Type (if any): None
Final Exam Notes:
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to write a paper that will be due via EXPO upload no later than two weeks after last class session at noon (EST).
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Medical Malpractice and Health Care Quality (7065)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*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.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Health Law, Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
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