SMNR: Legal & Medical Professions

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WED 3:45 - 5:35 pm JON 5.206

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Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to go to medical school? Many medical students ask the same question about law school. This seminar compares law and medicine in order to build mutual understanding about what it means to join a "profession” and become a "professional." Modern professionals perform their duties in a rapidly changing world, subject to forces such as corporatization, consumerism and the information revolution. After developing a theoretical framework for analyzing professional practice, students consider the day-to-day, ethical, regulatory, and policy implications of organizational structures, scope of practice, compensation, representation and advocacy, communicating with clients and patients, access to professional services, competition involving professions, and professional malpractice and misconduct. Class sessions include discussions, group problem-solving exercises, and simulations, including hands-on medical experience at the UMC-Brackenridge Clinical Education Center. The writing seminar includes roughly equal numbers of second or third-year law students from UT Austin and UTMB medical students who are doing their clinical training in Austin.