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Residents, law students conduct mock trial

Residency Program Insider, October 23, 2015

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Pediatric residents from Penn State Hershey Medical Center teamed up with law students from Penn State’s Dickinson Law School earlier this week to present a mock medical malpractice trial. The residents served as witnesses and consultants for the legal teams as part of Dickinson Law’s “Treating Medical Errors: A Medical-Legal Colloquium.”

Before the trial, the students and resident met twice to review the case. The residents were tasked with explaining the medical aspects to the law students, while the law students taught the residents about the legal side of medicine.

Steven J. Wassner, MD, chief of pediatric nephrology and hypertension at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, first helped organize the medical-legal colloquium 10 years ago. Wassner explained that the motivation behind bringing residents and law students together, “I was asked to serve as an expert witness and while on the stand, I began thinking about how our residents had very little knowledge about the legal aspects of medicine or being an expert witness.”

Source: Penn State News



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