Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 14, Issue 7, pp 441–443 | Cite as

A medicolegal curriculum for internal medicine residents

  • Chad D. Kollas
  • Carolin M. Frey
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Abstract

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 curriculum residents internal 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

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