Starts August 08 at 3:00 pm-5:00pm (every Thursday) at IDW 105A

Instructor:        Kemal Kutait, Jr.

Grading:           Pass/Fail

The practice of medicine is not an exact science and, unfortunately, physicians face legal issues related to their practice of medicine.  No course can cover all of the legal aspects related to the practice of medicine but this course will focus on the liability risks faced by physicians. The topics will include, but are not limited to, the physician/patient relationship; consent issues; patient autonomy; surrogate decision-makers; involuntary holds; malpractice insurance; disclosing medical errors; and other topics of interest to physicians.


Course Description & Learning Objectives:

  1. Review and discuss lawsuits that were instrumental in shaping the legal aspects of the physician’s legal environment.
  2. Explore ways physicians can help protect themselves against legal liability.
  3. Understand patient autonomy and the importance of informed consent as it pertains to the practice of medicine.
  4. Analyze the scope of the physician/patient relationship – how it is established; boundaries; maintaining confidentiality; ending the professional relationship; etc.



This course is an academic course with substantive content intended to help students further their professional practice and understanding of liability risks.  It will also include articles related to the subject matter for each session topic.  As such, expectations are that you will attend lectures and complete the reading assignments in order to foster class discussion.