Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 14, Issue 7, pp 441–443

A medicolegal curriculum for internal medicine residents

  • Chad D. Kollas
  • Carolin M. Frey
Brief Reports

DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.1999.09148.x

Cite this article as:
Kollas, C.D. & Frey, C.M. J GEN INTERN MED (1999) 14: 441. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.1999.09148.x


Many residents lack knowledge about medicolegal issues. To assess the ability of 64 primary care residents to learn legal medicine, we studied the impact of a medicolegal curriculum in a randomized, controlled study. We measured residents’ medicolegal knowledge using a novel test, the Legal Medicine Evaluation (LME). We found that the mean LME score of residents exposed to the curriculum increased 15.5 points (on a 100-point scale) to 65.9 (p<.01), while the mean LME score of control residents increased only 3.5 points, to 53.5 (p=.05). Clearly, residents can learn basic medicolegal principles. Thus, observed deficiencies in medicolegal knowledge most likely arise from inadequate medicolegal instruction.

Key Words

medicolegal curriculumresidentsinternal medicine

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chad D. Kollas
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Carolin M. Frey
    • 2
  1. 1.the Internal Medicine Residency ProgramUSA
  2. 2.Weiss Center for ResearchUSA
  3. 3.Penn State Geisinger Health SystemDanville
  4. 4.Jefferson Medical SchoolThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia
  5. 5.Internal Medicine Residency ProgramOrlando Regional Healthcare SystemOrlando