Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Other Educational Programs
Please note: The following information has not been approved or endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics or by the Section on Bioethics.

In some states ethics CME is required for licensure renewal. CME is available on line from various sources.  Texas Medical Association maintains a list of some courses for both online and home studies in ethics for physicians. The Texas Department of State Health Services Grand Rounds is a set of presentations in Austin.  It is possible to attend them online as well as in Austin.

To receive  New England Journal of Medicine CME credit you need not be a subscriber but you must register and there is a fee per exam.  Check for the subject heading medical ethics.  You may also find CME articles from JAMA. BMJ Learning is a British CME site which includes some modules on ethics. British Medical Journal and Cleveland Clinic now have some joint CME.

This is a listing of some CME links arranged by topic. Some of these have expiration dates so you might want to check them.

JAMA: Beyond Advance Directives: Importance of Communication Skills at the End of Life.  

2015 Pediatric Bioethics Conference: The Delicate Triangle: Responsibilities and Challenges in the Provider--Patient-Parent Relationship: Conference Archives.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Applbaum AI, et al. A Family’s Request for Complementary Medicine After Patient Brain Death. JAMA. 2008;299(18):2188-2193. (This has CME connected to it) 

Confidentiality/HIPAA/Privacy/Medical Records
From BMJ on confidentiality  

Consent (including parental consent)
Appelbaum PS. Assessment of Patients’ Competence to Consent to Treatment.  NEJM 2007;357(18):1834-1840.

BMJ has a module: “Consent: an up to date guide”.

Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training.

Emergency Care/Emergency Rooms/Disasters 

Leaning J, Guha-Spir D. Natural Disasters, Armed Conflict, and Public Health. N Engl J Med 2013;

End-of-Life Care/Dying/Futility

Medscape on “The Last Hours of Living: Practical Advice for Clinicians”. (Medscape free account log in required)

A Medscape program:  End-of-Life Care in the Setting of Cancer: Withdrawing Nutrition and
. (Medscape free account log in required)

Columbia University Bioethics Masters & Online Class & Certificate Programs has programs available on
its website:

Saint Joseph’s University Online Program: Master’s Degree in Health Administration: Health Care Ethics Concentration .

From BMJ Learning on guidelines in the UK:
Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation—part 1: patients with capacity
Decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation—part 2: adults who lack capacity

Global Health Bioethics
Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training. (for trainees)

Health Care Reform
Iowa Law School offers a Healthcare Reform online class.

Infectious Diseases
A module from BMJ: Pandemic flu: an update on ethical dilemmas.


AAP Pedialink has a hot topic course on “Medical Liability and the Pediatrician”.

Misconduct/Physician Impairment
Medscape on “Physician Impairment due to Substance Use Disorders”. (Medscape free account log in required)

Newborn Screening

Medscape on “New Guidelines Recommend Universal Prenatal Screening for Down Syndrome”. (Medscape free account log in required)

In January 2007, Texas expanded its newborn screening to include 27 disorders.  There is an online
training module
if you are interested. 

Harrington SE, Smith TJ. The Role of Chemotherapy at the End of Life: When Is Enough, Enough? JAMA 2008;299(22): 2667-2678.

From the Southern Medical Association: Strangers or Friends? A Proposal for a New Spirituality-in-Medicine Ethic.

Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. 2014 Bioethics Conference. New Opportunities, New Challenges: Exploring the Ethical Boundaries of Pediatric Research. Videos and slides of sessions may be accessed here

Stem cells/Embryos/Research/Cord Blood
New Guidelines Issued on Umbilical Cord Blood Banking.


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