LLAW6270 Introduction to medical practice

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6270
Course name: Introduction to Medical Practice
Programme offered under: LLM Programme
Semester: First
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits
Cap on student numbers: 50

1.2 Course description

This course is primarily intended for LLM in Medical Ethics and Law students who have a foundational LLB, JD or other equivalent common law system qualification. LLM in Medical Ethics and Law students without such a qualification will be required to take the Introduction to Medical Law Core Course instead, which aims at introducing students without a legal background to the legal system, legal methods and the law of tort. Where a LLM in Medical Ethics and Law student has both a foundational LLB, JD or other equivalent common law system qualification and a degree in medicine, the Programme Director will exercise his or her discretion to decide whether to (1) require the student to take Introduction to Medical Law or (2) require the student to take Introduction to Medical Practice or (3) grant an exemption.

This course is designed to give students with a legal background a better understanding of the healthcare system in Hong Kong, the allocation of financial and manpower resources in the healthcare sector, healthcare financing in Hong Kong, medical education and training in Hong Kong, the arrangement and organization of healthcare services in both the public and the private sectors, an overview of the likely impact of new technologies in clinical practice and in the field of biomedical research, an overview of the regulatory framework governing the healthcare professions and their work, and an introduction to specific public health issues.

Students will be given a perspective on practical problems, issues and constraints faced by medical practitioners so that their perspective of and approach to issues and problems in the field of medical ethics and law will not be confined solely to legal considerations. The class covers essential topics in health care practice with an emphasis on applied learning through practitioner narratives, case studies and site visits.

In order to practice in the dynamic, technologically and ethically complex health care arena, lawyers must understand the practical and cultural realities faced by medical professionals. This course aims to provide an introduction to both the experience of medical practice, and to important topics in health care management and service delivery.

The first portion of the class will focus on Health Care Delivery and will address key topics in management and administration of health care organisations such as financing, resource allocation, provider payment and service delivery.

The second portion of the class will consist of Medical Case Studies, and will serve as an introduction to the experience of care from both a patient and physician perspective. Students will be familiarized with the elements of a patient encounter in different types of health care settings using an interactive case-study based model taught by practitioners.

The class will be supervised by teachers from both the Faculty of Law and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Philip Beh philipbeh@pathology.hku.hk Block T, Queen Mary Hospital By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Students will be able to understand the healthcare system in Hong Kong, the allocation of financial and manpower resources in the healthcare sector, healthcare financing in Hong Kong, medical education and training in Hong Kong, the arrangement and organization of healthcare services in both the public (in particular, the Hospital Authority) and in the private sectors, the likely impact of new technologies in clinical practice and in the field of biomedical research, and an overview of the regulatory framework governing the healthcare professions and their work.

CLO 2 Students will be able to appreciate specific public health issues such as disease registries, epidemiology and public health responses to acute and chronic threats to public health such as epidemics, antimicrobial resistance, addictions and substance abuse.

CLO 3 Students will be able to, through case studies presented by practitioners in the field, acquire an appreciation of and a perspective on practical problems, issues and constraints faced by medical practitioners so that their perspective of and approach to issues and problems in the field of medical ethics and law will not be confined solely to legal considerations and develop comprehension of key issues in the management and administration of health care organisations including financing, resource allocation, provider payment and service delivery.

CLO 4 Students will be able to relate general principles important in health care systems such as equity, quality, choice, and efficiency to specific policy challenges in setting goals and priorities in the delivery of care and enhance their understanding of health care service delivery (with particular focus on Hong Kong) and common experiences and challenges arising in medical practice.

CLO 5 Students will be able to familiarize themselves with the elements of a patient encounter in different types of health care settings and related concerns and to review and analyze the experience of care over the course of the lifespan from a patient’s perspective and a physician’s perspective.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

PLO A PLO B PLO C PLO D PLO E PLO F
CLO 1  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓  ✓  ✓
CLO 4  ✓  ✓  ✓
CLO 5  ✓  ✓  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation (including reflection papers) TBC 30% 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Take home exam TBC 70% 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/


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