Conversations About Ethics

Disclosing Medical Error Workshop

Lee Taft, JD, M.Div.

Lee Taft presented a half day workshop on Disclosing Medical Error as part one of the Conversations About Ethics Series on March 19, 2013. 

During the workshop, attendees learned:

  • the ethical, legal, and professional bases for disclosing unanticipated adverse events to patients and/or their families
  • about the relationship between wellness for the medical staff (physician, nurse, etc.) and disclosure
  • to develop communication skills in disclosing unanticipated outcomes to patients and/or their families     


Taft_photo.jpgLee Taft is a nationally recognized expert on apology and its role in the disclosure of unanticipated outcomes. In his consulting practice, he designs responses to medical error, protocols that integrate his twenty years experience as a dually board-certified plaintiff’s litigator with his ethics education at Harvard Divinity School. The result is a values-based approach to injury that leads to conciliation rather than litigation. His publications include Apology Subverted published by the YALE LAW JOURNAL, Apology and Medical Error published by the ANNALS OF HEALTH LAW, and Disclosure Danger published by the HARVARD HEALTH POLICY REVIEW. He recently partnered with Stanford University to design and launch PEARL, a system-wide disclosure and resolution program.

Conversations About Ethics is a series of lectures and discussions about ethics issues presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health through the generous support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

Find out more about our evening lecture: After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness


Conversations About Ethics: The ninth in a series of ethics discussions

Daytime Workshop: (Part One) Register online

"Workshop on Disclosing Medical Error"
Presented by Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive

Evening Keynote: (Part Two) Register online or by calling 210-567-0795.

"After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness"
Presented by Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
5 p.m. Reception & Book Sale
6 p.m. Presentation
7:30 Book Signing

Pestana Lecture Hall and Foyer, UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive

Continuing Education Information:

The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health is an approved provider of continuing education for LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW and LMSW by the State of Texas. Part one of this activity provides up to 4 CE units. Part two of this activity provides up to 1.5 hours.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides up to 5.75 contact hours.

Attendees may only claim credits commensurate with their participation in the activity.

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Resource List

This resource list brings together websites, videos, audio recordings, books, and articles to supplement the workshop and lecture.

By Our Speaker

Dipping Your Toe (Introductory Information)

Wading Waist High (Intermediate Resources)

Taking a Deep Dive (Advanced Materials)

Access to Materials

Freely available Online
Available through the San Antonio Public Library
For information about how to obtain a San Antonio Public Library card, click here: http://ask.mysapl.org/a.php?qid=119134
Available through the Briscoe Library at the UTHSCSA Faculty
Faculty, students, and staff may access these materials remotely using their Health Science Center log-in. Non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public may access these materials in-person by visiting the library and registering for guest access. Off-site access is not available for non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public due to licensing restrictions.