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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Solomon Center Hosts Documentary Screening and Interdisciplinary Student Mixer

On October 3, 2018, the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy hosted a public screening of the film To Err is Human: A Patient Safety Documentary including a discussion with the director and producer, Mike Eisenberg. More than 100 members of the Yale and New Haven communities attended the screening at Yale Law School.

The documentary is intended to raise awareness and advance the public conversation about medical error, the number three leading cause of death in the United States. Eisenberg — son of patient safety pioneer Dr. John M. Eisenberg — introduced the documentary. He explained that the film was his attempt to carry on his father’s legacy and that he hoped to provide a productive look at healthcare quality today and how we can do better. The film featured expert testimony, personal narratives of a family profoundly impacted by multiple medical errors, and an in-depth look at new training strategies for preventing harm from human error. Eisenberg noted that he anticipates that the film will be released widely later this fall.

Following the film screening, the Solomon Center hosted a mixer for graduate and professional students who share an interest in health care. The mixer brought together more than 75 students from across the University.

“The opportunity for students to interact across disciplines is a touchstone of the Solomon Center’s work. The film screening and mixer event was a prime occasion to facilitate relationships among students that can continue to grow,” Solomon Center Executive Director Katherine Kraschel said.

The screening and mixer were co-sponsored by several Yale organizations, including Yale Health Law and Policy Society, Yale Visual Law Project, the Yale School of Management Healthcare and Life Sciences Club, Yale Med Films, the Yale Internal Medicine Resident Wellness Committee, and the Student Association of the Yale School of Public Health.

The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School is the first of its kind to focus on the intersection of law and the governance, practice, and business of health care. The Center brings together leading experts and practitioners from the public and private sectors to address cutting-edge questions of health law and policy, and to train the next generation of top health lawyers, industry leaders, policymakers, and academics.