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Mock Malpractice Trial Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) Southwest Center for Osteopathic Research & Education (CORE) University of Dayton School of Law Kathy Gebard, M.S.; Dennis Turner, J.D.; Peter Bell, D.O. BACKGROUND •Annual activity between OUCOM Southwest CORE and UD School of Law •Based on an actual medical malpractice case •Participating student attorneys enrolled in trial law class •Medical students are in 4th year clinical training in Southwest CORE TRIAL PREPARATION •Student attorneys are assigned to teams (defense or plaintiff) •Medical students play roles as plaintiff, defendant, expert witnesses or jury members (students’ family members and friends are also recruited as jury members) •Student attorneys and student physicians meet prior to the trial to prepare their cases Pre-trial Student doctor THE TRIAL •The trial is held in the University’s courtroom preparation on the stand •Dennis Turner, J.D., serves as the presiding judge •The trial proceedings follow the same protocol as an actual court case •Upon completion of the case presentations the jury is instructed to deliberate with a majority deciding the outcome CONCLUSION A poll of the medical students (N=16) 1. How much overall did you learn by participating in the mock trial? Almost none 0 A little bit 3 Fair amount 6 Good amount 5 Great amount 2 2. Should the mock trial be presented each year? Yes 12 No 1 No Response 3 THE FUTURE The mock trial will be tied to OUCOM CORE’s new Student attorneys standardized law and medicine curriculum. Mock Jury deliberation trials will be conducted at other locations throughout mid-trial the state.
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