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

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 is the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health until August 2011. He served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council during the Obama administration. He is also a breast oncologist.

Dr. Emanuel received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his PhD in political philosophy from Harvard University and has published widely on health care reform, research ethics, and end-of-life care. His book Reinventing American Health Care examines the history of the U.S. health care system, the Affordable Care Act, and health care predictions for the future. Its sequel, Prescription for the Future, was released in June 2017. Dr. Emanuel also serves as a Venture Partner at Oak HC/FT in addition to serving as contributor for the New York Times and Fox News.

He began teaching online with a massive open online course on Coursera in 2013 and has since shaped his experiences and research into brief video lectures on medical ethics and health policy issues for continuing education, professional development, and academic learners.

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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