CME Course

Physician Responsibilities Within the Context of Vaccination Controversies

This activity will address the challenges clinicials face when discussing COVID-19 vaccination with patients, including the responsibility to explain the science of the vaccinations in a climate of misinformation and conflicting “expert” opinions, and possible responses to prevent adverse effects on the patient-physician relationship.

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Target Audience

Healthcare providers of all specialties may benefit from the information presented.

Goals and Objectives

As if the difficulties caring for patients during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic were not sufficiently challenging for physicians, we now find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of advocating for the preventive health of our patients in the context of a politicized public health response—vaccination.  Previously, vaccination discussions with patients were relatively uncomplicated, involving explaining the science of vaccination for influenza, major communicable childhood diseases, or preventing infections such as HPV and varicella zoster.  Currently, physicians are challenged in discussions with patients regarding COVID-19 vaccination due to the polarization of opinions—often very strong opinions—and the responsibility to explain the science of the vaccinations in a climate of misinformation and conflicting “expert” opinions. The primary ethical responsibility for physicians is to the best health and welfare of our patients.  This webinar will address these challenges and possible responses to preventing adverse effects on the patient-physician relationship. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the challenges for physicians that continue to exist from the pandemic with respect to moral and ethical obligations to unvaccinated patients;
  • Consider the difference between individual patient care and population-based medicine in public health crises;
  • Apply the four ethical principles to the vaccination dilemma;
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for discussing the vaccination dilemma with patients.

Course Information

CME Release Date:  12/8/2021
Valid for credit through:  12/7/2022
Course type: Video Course
Estimated time of completion: 35 minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity Enduring Material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • Login in below to study the educational content and references.
  • Complete the attestation, post-test (if applicable), and evaluation.

Upon successful completion of these components, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The following individuals have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Speaker

Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, D Bioethics
G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics, is professor emeritus and clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His areas of clinical practice and research include tissue reconstruction, upper respiratory diseases, trauma and disaster management, and bioengineering. He holds advanced degrees in public health, engineering, health policy, and bioethics.

Course Materials

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