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As Featured in Medscape and Inside Medical Liability

Medicine on Trial compiles more than 80 case studies that have resulted in litigated cases with commentary by CAP’s General Counsel Gordon Ownby. The book shares lessons on:

  • Effectively communicating with patients
  • Documenting key events in the medical chart
  • Mindfully working with consulting specialists
  • And much more

No healthcare provider wants to be embroiled in a legal dispute, but the reality is that, regardless of their commitment to employing best practices, most physicians will be sued for medical malpractice at least once during their lifetime. The case studies in Medicine on Trial provide physicians with the insight to build on those practices that can improve medical outcomes and minimize risk in their own practice. 

About the Author
Gordon T. Ownby

As general counsel for the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc., (CAP) since 1992, Mr. Ownby directs a legal staff and outside counsel to deliver legal solutions to this industry-leading medical professional liability company. Working with industry coalitions and company-retained lobbyists, Mr. Ownby provides analysis and key communications for CAP's health care liability legislative program. He also represents the interests of health care on the board of the Civil Justice Association of California and advances the development of case law affecting the rights of physicians and patients through the Amicus Curiae Committee of the California Medical Association.




CAP members receive medical liability protection from the Mutual Protection Trust (MPT). Since 2006, MPT has earned A.M. Best Company′s A+ (Superior) rating, demonstrating MPT′s financial strength and its ability to meet ongoing coverage and contractual obligations.

The Mutual Protection Trust (MPT) is authorized under Section 1280.7 of the California Insurance Code as an unincorporated interindemnity arrangement among physician members of the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP). Members do not pay insurance premiums. Instead, they pay tax-deductible assessments, based on risk classifications, for the amount necessary to pay claims and administrative costs. No assurance can be given as to the amount or frequency of assessments. Members also make a tax-deductible Initial Trust Deposit, which is refundable according to the terms of the MPT Agreement. ©2018