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Making a Difference through Research, Education
and Policy Development.
The Center for Medicine and the Law conducts innovative research, applying scientific discoveries to understanding real-world problems and training future leaders. The Center works with other academic institutions and nonprofit organizations to promote and disseminate health law research, and educational information.
Addressing Critical Issues in Medicine and Law
From tort reform to access to health care, the Center uses cutting edge research to examine issues that affect the everyday practice of physicians, attorneys and other practioners at the intersection of the two disciplines. The Center works with a variety of stakeholders to study cutting edge issues like: informed consent, telemedicine, bioethics and patient safety.
For example, Center co-director Frederick Levy, M.D., J.D., working closely with the Johns Hopkins Center for Patient Safety director Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., published an empiric analysis that demonstrated that much of the literature about the legal protections afforded health practitioners who disclose medical errors is “siloed” in the legal literature. As a result, the everyday health provider is unaware of these protections. This lack of knowledge about protections makes the provider less willing to disclose medical error, which is the key element in successfully redesigning patient safety systems.
Working with a Multidisciplinary Team
The Center brings together experts in the fields of medicine, law, ethics, public health, nursing, economics and other fields to provide unique yet complementary perspectives for understanding problems and developing effective interventions.
Training Future Health Law Leaders
A key ingredient in the continued development and success of the center is the education of future leaders in the field of health law. To this end, the Center will expand and further develop the already well established fellowship in Legal medicine that was begun in 2006 by Dr. Levy. Each year, the fellowship trained and graduated one physician or attorney who received advanced health law education that they could then apply to their everyday practice.
The Center is poised to further develop and expand this original fellowship and expects this educational program to serve as a national model for other academic institutions. Additionally, the center sponsors advanced educational lectures and small group seminars to resident physicians, medical and law students all geared towards introducing key health law topics during all phases of the relevant training programs.