Friday, 05 March, 2021
The Center for Health Law Studies will host the 33rd Annual Health Law Symposium, 'Disciplining Physicians Who Inflict Harm: New Legal Resources for State Medical Board Members' from 9 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. (CST), March 5, 2021, via Zoom.
Serious ethical violations among physicians undermine public trust in the healthcare system and cause serious harm to patients. Egregious forms of wrongdoing that direct harm patients, such as sexual abuse, wrongful prescribing of controlled substances, and unnecessary surgeries, are particularly alarming. State medical boards are tasked with protecting the public by ensuring that physicians adhere to ethical guidelines and appropriate standards of care. However, it is unclear why boards sometimes fail to remove seriously offending physicians from practice in a timely manner or what measures would make boards more effective in protecting patients from harmful misconduct.
This conference will present the findings of an innovative Greenwall Foundation funded project that provides solutions to this problem. Working directly with state medical board members and other experts, the researchers have developed a consensus on the most important tools and practices needed to protect the public when physicians are accused of egregious wrongdoing, as well as barriers to adopting those tools and practices. The conference will focus on these findings and invite response to a carefully chosen set of recommendations for state statutory provisions for discussion.
Please check back later for schedule details. Missouri CLE pending approval.
9-9:10 a.m.: Welcome
Sidney D. Watson, J.D.
Jane and Bruce Robert Professor; Director, Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law
9:10-10:05 a.m.: Project Overview and Legal Findings
Moderator: James M. Dubois, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Steven J. Bander Professor of Medical Ethics and Professionalism, Washington University School of Medicine
Protecting Patients from Egregious Wrongdoing by Physicians: Consensus Recommendations
Tristan J. McIntosh, Ph.D.
Instructor in Medicine, Bioethics Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine
Protecting Patients from Egregious Wrongdoing by Physicians: Legal Findings
Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.
Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law
10:05-10:20 a.m.: Break
10:20-11:15 a.m.: Defining Egregious Wrongdoing
Moderator: Rob Gatter, J.D.
Professor of Law, Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law
Federation of State Medical Boards Workgroup on Physician Sexual Misconduct 2020: Findings and Recommendations
Patricia A. King, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical Center
Defining Egregious Prescribing Misconduct
Kelly K. Dineen, R.N., J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Law, Creighton University School of Law
11:15-11:30 a.m.: Break
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: New Legal Resources and Barriers
Moderator: Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Law, Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Institute for Healing Justice and Equity
Issues of Bias
Jennifer D. Oliva, M.B.A., J.D.
Associate Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law
New Legal Resources and Barriers: Diversity from the Perspective of Corporate Boards and Lawyer Disciplinary Boards
Lissa Lamkin Broome, J.D.
Burton Craige Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina School of Law
John M. Conley, J.D., Ph.D.
William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Barriers to Discipline: Cultural and Organizational Constraints
Liz Chiarello, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Saint Louis University
1-1:10 p.m.: Closing Remarks
Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.
Joseph J. Simeone Professor of Law
This symposium is co-sponsored by the Bioethics Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis.
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