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July 5, 1965

Professional Liability Insurance for the Intern and Resident

JAMA. 1965;193(1):55-60. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090010061017

Interns and residents are frequently unprotected against claims of malpractice. Several reasons for this situation have been suggested, but none obviates the need for coverage. Essentials of the law of liability as it relates to medical practice and examples of intern and resident involvement are presented. Professional liability insurance is a vital shield against malpractice claims, but it is not a panacea. It is available from several sources. The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association has been concerned with the apparent lack of awareness of interns and residents on this subject. It has urged that hospitals with AMA-accredited programs discuss the subject with each house officer during his basic orientation period. It has been suggested that the hospital staff and representatives of the local county medical society reconsider the matter annually with the house staff.

Ignorance? False economy? Unwarranted sense of security? Why don't interns and residents have