Professional liability pertinent to graduate medical education: the intersection of medical education, patient care, and law


Aurora Health Care


Physicians in training, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, attending physicians, and institutions that sponsor medical education are all at risk for potential professional liability issues. The unique relationship between healthcare providers and their sponsoring institution generates complex and evolving legal issues for all participants in medical education training. The law has played a great role integrating quality care and patient safety with excellent medical education for training physicians, while providing an avenue for relief when a medical error occurs. The intersection of law and medicine, while allowing for optimal medical education and patient care, exposes participating medical providers and the sponsoring institutions to specific professional liability issues. This article addresses these medical education settings and their potential professional liability issues.

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