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With a focus on learning, we employ a range of strategies to support innovation, collaboration across centers, and university-wide discussion and decision-making


Seventh Annual Grant Winners 2006-2007

N. Scott Gorman, O.D., M.S., Ed.D
Kathy Cerminara, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D.
Michael Flynn, J.D. - Shepard Broad Law Center
Alex Edmonds, Ph.D. - Fischler School of Education and Human Services
Tom Kennedy, Ph.D. - Fischler School of Education and Human Services
Jerome Hoffamn, M.D. – University of California – Davis School of Medicine
Vanessa Morales, (Student)
Dinanga Mulumba, (Student)

David Loshin, Dean- HPD College of Optometry
Joseph Harbaugh, Dean – Shepard Law Broad Center
H. Wells Singleton, Fischler School of Education and Human Services

Title: Optometrist in Court: Summative Evaluation of an Innovative Educational Program



Optometric students learn about medical recordkeeping, diagnosis and treatment, and the role of other health care practitioners.  However, they do not participate in activities that give them experience in the legal consequences of poor recordkeeping, misdiagnosis, and failure to refer. 


By immersing students in the management of a patient and subsequent malpractice trial, factors that contribute to increased risk for medical malpractice will be demonstrated.  Following their participation, students will develop a heightened sensitivity to the need to keep accurate and complete medical records, properly diagnose and manage patients’ conditions, and make timely referrals to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

Methodological Design:

An explanatory single case study using an embedded case study design will be employed. An opinion survey will be administered to the subjects to determine the value of the program.  A pretest and posttest will be administered to assess changes in knowledge about legal issues surrounding medical malpractice.  A summative evaluation will be performed utilizing the theory-based CIPP Model for Evaluation.

Data Analysis:

Yin’s explanation building technique will be used to analyze the case.  HyperRESEARCH™ v2.6, a qualitative analysis software program, will be used to assist in data analysis.  Descriptive statistics will be utilized to analyze the results of the opinion survey.  A dependent samples t-test will be used to analyze the pretest and posttest data.  Educational process and product achievement will be measured, interpreted, and judged utilizing the CIPP Evaluation Model. 


To the best of the researchers’ knowledge, no other optometric school has immersed optometric students in a medical malpractice environment.  Neither has any health care discipline rigorously evaluated this type of program.  It is important to determine if the program is valuable to the student, if it has merit, and if the program requires modification to meet its objectives.