VIDEO SAMPLE: Financial Conflicts of Interest, by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD.












Release Date: March 4, 2020

Expiration Date: March 4, 2023

Amount of CME credit: 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Amount of Nursing Contact Hours: 1.25 Contact Hours

Pharmacists: 1.25  ACPE contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit

Estimated Length of Time for Completion: 75 minutes

Program Overview

This course provides an overview of ethical concerns regarding conflicts of interest in biomedical research. It also offers several approaches to safeguarding against conflicts of interest and describes related federal policies. Intended primarily for researchers, the course: 

  • Explains what a conflict of interest is and why conflicts are problematic. 
  • Provides data and analysis regarding the extent of conflicts of interest in research. 
  • Assesses strategies for avoiding and remediating conflicts of interest. 
  • Describes NIH and FDA policies related to conflicts of interest in research, as well as institutions’ role in managing researcher conflicts. 

The course offers several brief case studies intended to help learners apply key principles to their own work. 

Penn Med logoThis activity is co-provided by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine Nursing.

Target Audience

This continuing education activity has been designed for biomedical researchers. 

Educational Objectives

 After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define a conflict of interest in the context of biomedical research. 
  • Explain how conflicts of interest lead to harms. 
  • Summarize the impact of conflicts of interest on research. 
  • Summarize strategies for safeguarding against conflicts of interest. 
  • Describe key features of NIH and FDA policies related to conflicts of interest. 

Successful completion of this educational activity and receipt of certificate of credit includes achieving a minimum score of 5 out of 6 on the multiple choice quiz.

Accreditation and Designation of Credit


The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Penn Medicine Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Approval # 124-3-H-15.

Penn Medicine Nursing awards this activity 1.25 contact hours.


Penn Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

This practice-based activity is approved for up to 1.25 ACPE contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. UAN: JA0000324-0000-20-012-H05-P

To receive credit, you must submit your post-test, evaluation and credit request within 30 days of completion.

Physician Assistants

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.

PAs may receive a maximum of 1.25 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Meet the Faculty

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, is the vice provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University professor, and co-director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the special advisor to the director general of the World Health Organization. 

From January 2009 to January 2011, Dr. Emanuel served as a special advisor on Health Policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. Prior to that, he was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health from 1997 to August of 2011. 

Dr. Emanuel received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his PhD in political philosophy from Harvard University. He has published over 300 articles mainly on health care reform, research ethics, and end-of-life care. He has also authored or edited 13 books including Reinventing American Health Care (2014), Prescription for the Future (2018), and Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care? (2020). Dr. Emanuel is the most widely cited bioethicist in history. 

Dr. Emanuel also serves as a venture partner at Oak HC/FT in addition to serving as a contributor for the New York Times and CNN. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal College of Medicine. He recently served on the Biden administration transition team’s COVID-19 task force. Dr. Emanuel is a 2018 recipient of the Dan David Prize in the category of Bioethics, an honor recognizing innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. He received the 2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation David E. Rogers Award, given in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges, for his profound impact on research ethics, on bioethics training and institution-building, and on health care policy through his role in drafting the Affordable Care Act. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, its highest honor.

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The planning committee members have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests related to the content of this educational activity:

  • Chase Brown, MD 
  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD 
  • David Heagerty, BA, CIP 
  • Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBe 
  • Steven Joffe, MD, MPH 
  • Connie Ulrich, PhD, MSN 
  • Adam Zolkover, MA 
  • Laura C. Hart, MFA 

The faculty involved with this activity have reported that their presentations contain no mention of investigational and/or off-label use of products.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

There was no commercial support used in the development of this educational activity.


For questions related to this educational activity, contact Penn Medicine Continuing Medical and Interprofessional Education at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania at or at 215-898-8005.

If you have questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or