Journal-based CME: Ethics Students Go To the Jail
This journal-based online CME offering is for the article “Ethics Students Go To the Jail" If you have questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Dr. Christy Rentmeester at or 312-464-5438. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.
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Ethics Students Go to the Jail 
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Expiration Date: August 31, 2019

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Upon completion of this educational activity, the physician will be able to:

  1. Explain a new or unfamiliar viewpoint on a topic of ethical or professional conduct.
  2. Evaluate the usefulness of this information for his or her practice, teaching, or conduct.
  3. Decide whether and when to apply the new information to his or her practice, teaching, or conduct.

Target Audience
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of AMA Journal of Ethics readers who are practicing and research physicians and physician educators.

Statement of Need
In its 16 years of publication the AMA Journal of Ethics has published numerous articles that have revealed some clinicians’ lack knowledge or skill in the following and other important areas at the intersection of ethics and clinical practice:
ability to communicate diagnoses and prognoses to patients clearly and compassionately; working relationships with colleagues; disparities in health status or health care access for members of minority groups; setting palliative care goals and having end-of-life treatment discussions; modeling professionalism to trainees; informed consent or refusals to specific interventions; managing relations with pharmaceutical companies; how to respond to performance incentives; how to respond to requests for interventions that are not clinically indicated, and professional conduct relative to social media.

Many of these topics have been identified by state licensing boards as required for license issue or renewal. Examples of knowledge areas required for license renewal include ethics, professionalism, palliative care, end-of-life care, patient safety, errors responsiveness and prevention, prevention of domestic violence, pain management, cross-cultural communication, and nosocomial infection control.

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism. 

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Claiming Your CME Credit 
In order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, 1) view the module content in its entirety, 2) answer 5 out of 6 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation.    

Planning Committee
Corresponding author of the featured AMA Journal of Ethics article.
Audiey C. Kao, MD, PhD, vice president, ethics, editor in chief, AMA Journal of Ethics
Christy A. Rentmeester, PhD, managing editor, AMA Journal of Ethics

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, neither the planners nor the faculty have relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Hardware/software Requirements
Audio speakers or headphones
Screen resolution of 800X600 or higher
MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, etc. 

Should you have questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Dr. Christy Rentmeester at or 312-464-5438. 

Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335.

Type:  Journal-based CME
Activity Price
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1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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