Medical-Legal Partnership in Medical Education: Pathways and Opportunities

Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Lauren Taylor Anderson, Leah Rappaport, Anuj Kumar Shah, Deborah L. Edberg, Edward G. Paul, Medical-Legal Partnership in Medical Education: Pathways and Opportunities, Journal of Legal Medicine, 35:1, 149-177 (2014).

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 Last revised: 5 Jan 2015

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Liz Tobin-Tyler

Brown University - School of Public Health and Alpert Medical School

Lauren Anderson

Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine

Leah Rappaport

Warren Alpert Medical School

Anuj Shah

McGaw Medical Center, Erie Family Health Center

Deborah Edberg

McGaw Medical Center, Erie Family Health Center

Edward Paul

Yuma Regional Medical Center

Date Written: March 26, 2014

Abstract

As the healthcare system undergoes major changes over the course of the next decade, medical education will have to keep pace. Both undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME) are adapting to the new healthcare landscape by developing curricula focused on health disparities, the social and behavioral determinants of health, the integration of population health and clinical practice, health law and policy, and interprofessional teamwork. Innovations, such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), demand physicians who understand the complex social and legal dynamics involved in patient health, as well as skills in collaborating with multiple professionals across disciplines. Emerging interprofessional and team-based efforts tend to focus on integration across healthcare and related professions (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, and public health). But, increasingly, medical schools and residency programs are integrating legal concepts and skills, as well, using the lens of medical-legal partnership (MLP). This article highlights the opportunities for broad-based medical-legal education generated by recent trends in medical education and the changing healthcare system. It describes examples of model curricula and programs, and provides insight into the value of MLP education for training the next generation of physicians. While the focus here is specifically on pathways and opportunities for incorporating MLP into medical education, it also points to the potential for integration of MLP into health professional education at all levels (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, and social work).

Keywords: medical education; interprofessional education; medical-legal partnership

Suggested Citation

Tobin-Tyler, Liz and Anderson, Lauren and Rappaport, Leah and Shah, Anuj and Edberg, Deborah and Paul, Edward, Medical-Legal Partnership in Medical Education: Pathways and Opportunities (March 26, 2014). Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, Lauren Taylor Anderson, Leah Rappaport, Anuj Kumar Shah, Deborah L. Edberg, Edward G. Paul, Medical-Legal Partnership in Medical Education: Pathways and Opportunities, Journal of Legal Medicine, 35:1, 149-177 (2014)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429779

Liz Tobin-Tyler (Contact Author)

Brown University - School of Public Health and Alpert Medical School ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

Lauren Anderson

Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine ( email )

Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Leah Rappaport

Warren Alpert Medical School ( email )

Providence, RI 02912
United States

Anuj Shah

McGaw Medical Center, Erie Family Health Center ( email )

1701 West Superior
Chicago, IL 60622
United States

Deborah Edberg

McGaw Medical Center, Erie Family Health Center ( email )

1701 West Superior
Chicago, IL 60622
United States

Edward Paul

Yuma Regional Medical Center ( email )

2400 S. Avenue A
Yuma, AZ 85364
United States

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