Massachusetts Medical Society: Participate in the Medical Malpractice Tribunal

Participate in the Medical Malpractice Tribunal

You’ve Agreed to Participate in a Tribunal.  What do you need to know?

  • Time commitment:
    In advance of the tribunal, the physician receives, and is expected to review and be familiar with, various documents (e.g., offer of proof, expert report, complaint, medical records, and others) in each case.  Review of these materials may take about an hour in each case.  Upon arrival at the court, the members of the tribunal (physician, judge, and attorney) meet to discuss the case, and then go to a tribunal hearing, which may last 15 to 45 minutes per case. Several hearings can take place on the same day, often back-to-back. After the hearing, the tribunal members will deliberate and reach a determination regarding the case’s apparent merits.

    Based on physician feedback, we understand that the court clerk scheduling the tribunal will contact the physician a month or more in advance of the proposed tribunal hearing date. There is often flexibility as to the time and date. If you cannot arrange a workable time with the clerk, you can decline to participate in the tribunal.

  • Standard of Review.
    Click here for a write-up of the standard the tribunal applies to the case in order to determine if the case should proceed to trial.
  • Compensation
    You will receive a $50 stipend per case paid by the Commonwealth.
  • Learning objectives for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for this activity.
    When you have completed this activity, you should be able to:
    • Describe the tribunal process
    • List events that may have led to suit being filed
    • Explain the importance of the tribunal
    • Understand and apply the correct standard of review for the tribunal
    • Describe the role of the physician member of the tribunal
  • How to receive your AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for your participation in the tribunal.
    • Review the materials on this page, including the standard of review document, and on the “About the Tribunal” page;
    • Go here to answer a few questions to verify your participation;
    • Await an email from our Continuing Medical Education department containing an evaluation;
    • Fill in the evaluation; and
    • Receive credit!

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this other activity (consisting of live and enduring material) for a maximum of 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.


The Massachusetts Medical Society has determined that none of the individuals in a position to control the content of this CME activity, and/or their spouse/partner have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and must ensure independence, objectivity, balance and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.  All individuals in control of the content, including faculty, course directors, and planners (and their spouse/partner) participating in any MMS activity must provide information about potential conflicts of interest that may be relevant to the activity.  Listed above is a summary of disclosure information of relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months for individuals (and their spouse/partner) in control of content with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  All potential conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved prior to the beginning of this activity in accordance with MMS policies.

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