1. Scope of the course.
Since our lecturers possess an understanding of both medicine and law, they are ideally qualified to address proper medication use and its legal requirements in areas such as:
• pain management,
• addicted patients,
• medication non-compliance,
• informed consent for medications,
• off-label prescribing,
• interactions with mid-level practitioners and nurses as to medication,
• record keeping required for prescribing and medication management,
• criminal implications of improper prescribing,
• and much more.
2. Importance of the Prescribing Practices course to clinicians.
Medication management errors cause many patient injuries and legal problems for clinicians, and affect almost all medical specialties. There are numerous laws regulating prescribing, and additional laws regulating controlled substances. Clinicians need a full and accurate understanding of their legal responsibilities when prescribing, and of the medication-related risks to patients that are often revealed by resulting litigation. This is not adequately taught in most schools and residency programs.
3. Why our lecturers are uniquely qualified to present Prescribing Practices.
Physicians who teach prescribing often misinterpret the law or fail to understand its practical impact on prescribing and medication management. Also, they often lack adequate exposure to common causes of medication-related patient injuries occurring in specialties outside their own or that are seen in medication-related litigation.
Attorneys who teach prescribing lack the medical knowledge and clinical experience to understand what clinicians need to know, the realities of medical practice, and how to effectively present that information to them.
As specialists in legal medicine, our MD JD lecturers possess and can apply the full scope of a formal legal education and practical legal experience along with their medical practice experience. This includes extensive knowledge of medication-related patient injuries seen in every medical specialty. Our lecturers will present practical ways for clinicians to reduce the risk of those injuries and of the resulting legal complications.
4. Record keeping requirements for medication prescribing and management.
Record keeping requirements for prescribing and medication management are extensive. They require an understanding of applicable laws of evidence, and should be based on experience with poor patient outcomes from medication use and resulting litigation. Our lecturers are uniquely qualified to teach those record keeping requirements.