Spring 2012 - Joint Seminar Legal/Medical Profession
Sage, William M
Course ID: 397S Unique # 29970 Credit Hours: 3
3:30 pm - 5:20 pm
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to go to to medical school? Many medical students ask the same question about law school. This seminar compares law and medicine in order to build understanding about what a "profession" is and what it means to be a "professional." Modern professionals perform their duties in a rapidly changing world, subject to forces such as corporatization, competition, consumerism and the information revolution. After developing a theoretical framework for analyzing professional practice, students consider the day-to-day, regulatory, and policy implications of organizational structures, scope of practice, compensation, representation and advocacy, communicating with clients and patients, and professional malpractice and misconduct. The seminar includes roughly equal numbers of upperclass UT law students and third- year and fourth-year medical students from UTMB who are doing their clinical training in Austin.
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