Building Bridges Between Law, Medical Schools
Quinnipiac director seeks to overcome distrust between professions
Dwarica's appointment isn't the only step that Quinnipiac has taken to provide links between the medical school and the legal profession. Richard Silver, of Silver, Golub & Teitell in Stamford, is currently a member of Quinnipiac Law School's Advisory Board, Quinnipiac Medical School's Advisory Board and the University's Board of Trustees.
"They're trying to coordinate programs that are beneficial both to the medical students and the law students, which I think is a terrific idea," said Silver. He added that similar outreach is taking place in non-academic circles. Silver has given lectures to doctors in the Fairfield County area, including at Stamford Hospital recently.
"One of the things I've stressed when I've given these lectures is that communication between doctor and patient is extremely important and resolves a lot of issues," said Silver. "Are physicians giving the patient enough time to understand the issues? They have to learn that the patient comes first."
Both Silver and Dwarica recognize that as long as there are medical malpractice cases, doctors will never be overly fond of lawyers. But they believe that the animosity can be reduced.
"Those malpractice actions are going to continue to occur and generate the same reaction," said Dwarica. But Quinnipiac is tryng to "generate some sense that this isn't all that lawyers are, that they really do have a beneficial side. If that happens, we've made some progress in trying to improve the relationship."
Whether they know it or not, Silver believes doctors are better because of potential malpractice claims. "I think over the years, what's happened with medical malpractice litigation, is it's changed the practice of medicine for the better," said Silver.•