Hospital residents working under supervision must be held to the same standard of care as specialists in their fields, an appeals court ruled Nov. 15 in the first New Jersey case on the issue.

A doctor, once licensed, gets no leniency from malpractice claims while training. “Defendants held themselves out as doctors and should be held to the standard of care they claim to profess,” Judges Steven Lefelt, Anthony Parrillo and Paulette Sapp-Peterson wrote in a per curiam, unpublished opinion, Clark v. University Hospital-UMDNJ, A-0257-05.

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