History of Medical Ethics video
Sample lecture video: A History of Ethics in Medical Research

Release Date: November 28, 2016

Last Review Date: December 17, 2018

Expiration Date: November 28, 2019

Amount of CME credit: 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Amount of Nursing Contact Hours: 3.0 Contact Hours

Estimated Length of Time for Completion: approximately 3 hours

Program Overview

The goal of this activity is to provide learners with basic knowledge and skills on how to make ethical evaluations on research protocols, including understanding of specific ethical requirements and regulations. In this activity, learners will engage with the content by moving through a series of website pages that offer brief lecture videos, links to related readings, downloadable resources, and quizzes.

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 investigators, research team members and IRB members, as well as all other healthcare professionals who have an interest in ethics of human research.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the various guidelines of ethical research
  • Review the eight-principles framework for evaluating the ethics of research studies
  • Apply this framework to determine whether a research study is ethical or not

Successful completion of this educational activity and receipt of certificate of credit includes achieving a minimum score of 80% on the post-test.

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.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been designated by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for 3 hours of Patient Safety/Risk Management.


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 3.0 contact hours.

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 3 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 following faculty members have reported the following relevant financial relationships with commercial interests related to the content of this educational activity:

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD: Leigh Bureau (Speaker Honorarium), Oak HC/FT (Salary), Nuna (Stock Shareholder)

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:

  • Steven Joffe, MD, MPH
  • Autumn Fiester, PhD
  • Jonathan Moreno, PhD
  • Dominic A. Sisti, PhD
  • Connie Ulrich, Ph,
  • Laura C. Hart, MFA
  • Mila Kostic, CHCP, FACEHP
  • Michael Schoen, PhD
  • Rodman Campbell, CHCP
  • Patricia Smith, DNP, RN, BC

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.

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