Innovative teaching for health law: a case study of a hospital medical malpractice lawsuit simulation.

Academic Article


  • In this article we describe a case study of a learning exercise for healthcare management students to more effectively understand how the legal process impacts healthcare organizations and healthcare professionals. Through a semester-long mock trial, we illustrate how healthcare executives can better understand and prepare their employees, their organization, and fellow administrators for the financial, emotional, and time investment that a lawsuit requires. Students participate as a member of the plaintiff team, defendant team, or juror in a simulated lawsuit brought by a patient against a hospital. We explain how students who participate in the simulated lawsuit gain a better understanding of difficult legal principles discussed throughout the course. We further indicate how the mock trial simulation may support achievement of current Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAMHE) criteria. Next, we highlight how the mock trial allowed students to put into practice many of the health law principles discussed in class through role playing the different stages of medical malpractice trial. The article concludes with examples of how a simulated mock trial may also provide similar interdisciplinary educational, performance improvement, and cost saving benefits to healthcare professionals and their organizations.
  • Authors

    Author List

  • Jenkins RC; Lemak CH
  • Start Page

  • 43
  • End Page

  • 57
  • Volume

  • 24
  • Issue

  • 1