Medical Malpractice Survey – JURI 565

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 10/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the laws related to the torts of medical malpractice and other forms of medical negligence. Topics to be covered include the physician-associated factors that may lead to medical negligence, the duty of the physician to treat patients including the initiation and termination of the physician-patient relationship, breach of a duty to the patient, the use of medical experts in proving the case, causation including proximate cause and calculating damages and collecting monetary awards. A discussion of medical malpractice tort reform will also be included.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course is designed to provide the Juris Masters student with an overview of the laws related to the torts of medical malpractice and other forms of medical negligence. Topics to be covered include: the physician-associated factors that may lead to medical negligence; the duty of the physician to treat patients, including the initiation and termination of the physician-patient relationship; breach of a duty to the patient; the use of medical experts in proving the case; causation, including proximate cause; and calculating damages and collecting monetary awards.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Research Paper

Thesis Statement and Outline

The student will write an outline of at least 900 words with major points and a thesis statement of no more than 2 sentences that specifies the subject matter of the Research Paper.

Draft

The student will write a draft of the Research Paper that is at least 3,000 words. The draft must include an outline, introduction, thesis statement, main body, and conclusion as well as a bibliography and at least 15 citations in current Bluebook format. The word count includes the citations, but not the outline.

Final

The student will submit his or her final Research Paper of at least 5,000 words with at least 25 citations in current Bluebook format. The word count includes the citations, but not the outline.

Case Briefs (3)

The student will write 3 Case Briefs of at least 500 words each that are the most influential and interesting cases in the student’s view. Each case brief must be in current Bluebook format.

Video Lecture Quiz

The quiz will cover the Reading & Study presentation for Module/Week 1. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 multiple choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.