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Sending Judges to Medical School

Marcia Oddi at Indiana Law Blog shares this interesting piece from the AMA Med News about the National Judges' Medical School, a program designed to equip judges with better knowledge of medical science to help them interpret complex health care cases. 

This year's 2008 program focused on medical malpractice, where judges observed staged trials, reviewed clinical studies and learned about the differences between "standard of care" and "medical necessity."  Judges are also offered training to help them ask the right questions about an expert's qualifications or a peer-reivewed study, so that they can cull irrelevant evidence from the record and determine whether evidence is scientifically reliable and ultimately helpful to juries. 

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on July 21, 2008 at 02:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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