What’s the difference between tail and no tail in malpractice insurance? How do these rules differ by state? How do you spot the “gotchas” in an employment agreement? How do you protect the intellectual property around your most inspired ideas and inventions? What are your rights if the licensing board calls you to a disciplinary hearing? So many questions!
Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Medstro, the social network for physicians and medical students, will launch a legal forum called “Medstro’s Legal Office Hours” starting today. The forum will feature top lawyers and physicians (including several MD/JDs) from leading firms in Boston and around the country. Discussions on the forum will include medical malpractice, medical licensing, disciplinary actions, intellectual property, starting a company, employment law and drawing up contracts.
Jennifer Joe, MD, and her Medstro colleagues originally conceived of this forum because issues of the law are generally not taught in medical school or residency. “I trained at a time when the medical community was just starting to adjust to a litigious environment for the first time,” Dr. Joe says. “And honestly, my generation of trainees lives with a lot of paranoia because of this. Proton pump inhibitor or no proton pump inhibitor? Will I be blamed for a broken hip three years from now?”
Dr. Joe also notes that legal information tends to be hearsay from one physician to another. “There’s simply no good place for physicians to get good answers to right, wrong, and illegal,” she says. “Then, there’s so much grey area around what the lawyer may tell you and what you feel is morally right. We’re excited to give some transparency to the law.”
This forum will offer one way for medical students and young physicians to improve their understanding of the highly specialized field of health law that governs their professional lives.
“This legal forum matters because the practice of medicine is a highly regulated, monitored, and litigious profession that is subject to increasing public scrutiny,” Stuart Hochron, MD, JD and CMO of Navio Health says. Dr. Hochran will be one of the expert panelists on the forum. “In addition to being aware of rules that have been codified into law, physicians can benefit from understanding trends in medical ethics, principles that underly law and act as foundations for our professional behavior.”
Who will answer your questions? Dr. Hochron; James Record, MD, JD and the VP of Academic Affairs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System; Alice Turinas, Partner at Turinas & Bird LLC; Azure Aronsson, Associate at Collora LLP; and Ingrid Martin, JD and Partner at Collora LLP will be available to discuss legal issues for the next few weeks.
We want to be sure to clarify that this is not a legal advice forum about a specific case or situation. Instead, it’s a place to go for generic answers and to learn more about the legal framework of today’s healthcare system.
Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.
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