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Ethics Case Studies & Education Resources
ACP ethics education resources cover a broad range of issues in clinical ethics, professionalism, teaching, research, health care delivery, and other topics. Each resource can be used as a learning activity and completed for free CME/MOC credits as indicated or used as a teaching tool.
- Ethics Case Studies for CME/MOC
- Ethics Manual Activity for CME/MOC
- Position Paper Activities for CME/MOC
- Additional Ethics Case Studies
ACP Ethics Case Study Series
Each case study draws on an ethical challenge encountered by physicians in everyday practice, teaching or research. Free CME/MOC credits are available from ACP’s Online Learning Center. Free CME/MOC credits are available for completion of case studies on Medscape as indicated (a free Medscape login is required for access and completion).
- Physician Suicide Prevention: The Ethics and Role of the Physician Colleague and the Healing Community CME/MOC
- Ethics, Electronic Health Record Integrity and the Patient-Physician Relationship CME/MOC
- Ethics, Professionalism, and the Physician Social Media Influencer CME/MOC
- Pandemic Treatment Resource Allocation Ethics and Nondiscrimination CME/MOC
- Professional Attire and the Patient-Physician Relationship CME/MOC
- When the Family Caregiver Is a Physician: Negotiating the Ethical Boundaries CME/MOC
- ”Doctor, Can’t You Just Phone a Prescription In?” and Other Ethical Challenges of Telemedicine Encounters CME/MOC
- Serving as an Expert Witness: Is there a Duty? CME
Ethics Manual (CME/MOC)
The ACP Ethics Manual is the core of College ethics policy. The seventh edition examines issues in medical ethics, reflecting on the ethical tenets of medicine and their application to emerging challenges while also revisiting older issues that are still very pertinent. It helps physicians be prepared to deal with ethical challenges: to identify and reaffirm the fundamentals of medical ethics—such as the patient-physician relationship—and apply principles and reasoned arguments in resolving dilemmas and in debate about ethics topics.
A 25-question quiz module on the seventh edition of the Ethics Manual is available for up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and MOC Points. The activity is free for ACP members and Annals subscribers.
Annals of Internal Medicine offers three CME/MOC activities for ACP members and Annals subscribers:
- Ethical and Professionalism Implications of Physician Employment and Health Care Business Practices (Ann Intern Med. published online 15 March 2021)
- Hidden Curricula, Ethics, and Professionalism: Optimizing Clinical Learning Environments in Becoming and Being a Physician (Ann Intern Med. 2018;168:506-8)
- Annals On Call – Hidden Curriculum
Additional Ethics Case Studies
- Confidentiality and Privacy: Beyond HIPAA to Honey, Can We Talk?
- Secret Recordings of Office Visits by Patients
- Addressing a Colleague's Unprofessional Behavior During Sign-Out
- Patient Requests for Specific Care: 'Surely You Can Explain to My Insurer That I Need Boniva?'
- Maintaining Medical Professionalism Online: Posting of Patient Information
- Banning Harmful Health Behaviors as a Condition of Employment: Where There's Smoke There's Fired?
- Addressing a Colleague's Sexually Explicit Facebook Post
- Wellness Programs and Patient Goals of Care
- Resident Duty Hours: To Hand Over or Gloss Over?
- When an Aging Colleague Seems Impaired
- Preventive Health Screening, Ethics and the Cognitively Impaired Patient
- Stewardship of Health Care Resources: Allocating Mechanical Ventilators During Pandemic Influenza
- Copied and Pasted and Misdiagnosed (or Cloned Notes and Blind Alleys)
- Stewardship of Health Care Resources: Responding to a Patient’s Request for Antibiotics
- Who Should Get What? Mammography and the Stewardship of Health Care Resources
- Patient/Physician/Family Caregiver Relationships: When the Family Caregiver Is a Physician
- Physician Work Stoppages and Political Demonstrations -- Economic Self-Interest or Patient Advocacy? Where Is the Line?
- To Be or Not to Be: Should I Serve as an Expert Witness?
- Author! Author! Who Should Be Named in a Published Study? An Ethics Case Study
- The Difficult Patient: Should You End the Relationship? What Now? An Ethics Case Study
- Dealing with the "Disruptive" Physician Colleague
- Must You Disclose Mistakes Made by Other Physicians?
- Providing Care to Undocumented Immigrants
- Twenty-eight additional case studies are published in the book Ethical Choices: Case Studies for Medical Practice (2nd edition)
For more information on these and other educational content, please contact Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 215-351-2835.