Clinical Ethics Decision Making

Purchase Course & Materials

Course Fee
Member price: $11.00
Non-member price: $14.00

Course Description

Click here for the Syllabus on Ethics (2015)(2012)

THIS IS AN ONLINE ACTIVITY. Hard copies are not available.

Member price: $11.00    Non-member price: $14.00

An interactive education module on clinical ethics to provide a foundation for educational institutions, physicians, and other health care workers to be able to remotely experience ethics education and learn methods to analyze clinical ethics situations. This course utilizes a clinical scenario to teach a process for making ethical decisions and managing ethical situations. The four principles of biomedical ethics- autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice- are central to this process.

Learn more about this course from Barbara G. Jericho, Vice-Chairman, ASA Committee on Ethics. Watch the video now.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Use a systematic approach to evaluate and manage ethical issues in a case
  • Apply the principles of respect for autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence and justice in ethical decision-making
  • Identify available resources to help inform ethical decision-making

Faculty & Credentials:

Barbara G. Jericho, M.D., Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D.

Disclosures: Barbara G. Jericho, M.D., Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D. have no financial interest in or affiliation with any commercial supporter or providers of any commercial services discussed in this educational material.

ASA Staff: Employees involved in planning have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Resolutions of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Target Audience:


CME Credit:

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

1.00 Non-physician Credit

Non-physicians may receive a Certificate of Completion stating that this activity was designated for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


Watch the educational module, take the exam, print the CME certificate.

Required Hardware / Software:

Internet connection, Web browser version must have been released within the last three years., Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash player. Download the latest Flash Player here:

Activity Release Date:

12/07/2012 (All day)

Activity Expiration Date:

12/06/2015 (All day)

Estimated Time to Complete:

60 minutes