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Although there are not a lot of publicized medical malpractice cases pending in New York City, it is topic that has taken the spotlight following the death of the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray is facing charges that claim he breached care standards that ultimately caused Jackson's death. The claim is that he committed medical malpractice by administering anesthetics to the singer in a negligent manner.

Read more: Medical malpractice suit filed against the King of Pop's doc

Medical malpractice is part of the curriculum at the University of Buffalo Medical School in New York. An adjunct research instructor of family medicine knows from personal experience the havoc that medical errors and other forms of medical malpractice in hospitals can create. Citing the fact that 180,000 Medicare patients die each year across the country due to medical error, the teacher asks students to consider the very human side of each tragedy. She should know; her mother was one.

Read more: New York medical instructor tells her malpractice story

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