VIDEO SAMPLE: Informed Consent Under the Common Rule, by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD.












Release Date: November 20, 2019

Expiration Date: November 20, 2022

Amount of CME credit: 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Amount of Nursing Contact Hours: 4.50 Contact Hours

Pharmacists: 4.50  ACPE contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit

Estimated Length of Time for Completion: approximately 4.5 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.

Penn and CHOP faculty, staff, and students/trainees: Successfully complete the online course Ethics of Research with Human Subjects to fulfill your institutional human subjects research training requirements.

  • Penn: Penn’s IRB will accept this course as an alternative to CITI training.
  • CHOP: For Penn-based staff, CHOP has approved the course for satisfying initial and recertification requirements. For CHOP-based staff, the course initially will satisfy only the recertification requirement. CHOP will reassess this in Fall 2020.

Educational Objectives

 After completing this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Outline the historical context for current approaches to research ethics and regulation.
  • Outline the 8-principle framework for evaluating the ethics of research studies.
  • Identify key U.S. regulatory requirements for research with human subjects.
  • Identify important international guidelines for research with human subjects, including their key provisions.
  • Assess the ethical and regulatory compliance of research protocols.

Successful completion of this educational activity and receipt of certificate of credit includes achieving a minimum score of 80% on the 3 quizzes.

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 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 4.5 hours of Patient Safety/Risk Management.

If you intend to claim MOC points for ABIM, please view the instructions for creating/updating your CE/CME profile.


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 4.50 contact hours.


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

This practice-based activity is approved for up to 4.50 ACPE contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit. UAN: JA0000324-0000-19-013-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 4.50 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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Steven Joffe, MD, MPH

Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, is the Founders Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He serves as Interim Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, and director of two postdoctoral fellowships in biomedical ethics. He is also Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He attended Harvard College, received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and received his public health degree from UC Berkeley. He trained in pediatrics at UCSF and undertook fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to coming to Penn, he served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and was an attending pediatric oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, for 13 years.

Dr. Joffe’s research addresses the many ethical challenges that arise in the conduct of clinical and translational investigation and in genomic medicine, both in pediatric oncology and other areas of medicine and science. He has been the principal investigator (PI) of NIH, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and foundation-funded studies that examine the roles and responsibilities of PIs in multicenter randomized trials, accountability in the clinical research enterprise, governance of learning activities within learning health care systems, return of individual genetic results to participants in epidemiologic cohort studies, and the integration of genomic sequencing technologies into cancer care. He has also lectured widely on research ethics and on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic technologies. He was previously a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements, and Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group Bioethics Committee. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Pediatrics Ethics Subcommittee.

In his teaching within the Department's online educational initiatives, Dr. Joffe aims to convey a deep understanding of the ethical principles underlying research, while guiding students in how to apply those principles to real-world problems. He hopes students will take one core lesson from his teaching: it is possible to conduct studies on questions relevant to policy and practice that are both experimentally rigorous and ethically respectful of the rights and interests of the individuals who take part.

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Emily A. Largent, JD, PhD, RN

Emily Largent, JD, PhD, is the Emanuel & Robert Hart Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a Lecturer in Law at Penn Law. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Largent studies the ethics of human subjects research. Her current research focuses on the ethics of paying research participants for their contributions to clinical research and on the ethical and regulatory implications of integrating clinical research with clinical care.  Her work — which combines normative, empirical, and legal methods — has been published in the Hastings Center Report, the American Journal of Bioethics, and The New England Journal of Medicine, among other journals.  She co-authored Clinical Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook (Oxford University Press 2012). 

Dr. Largent studied Science, Technology, and International Affairs as an undergraduate at Georgetown University and earned a second degree in nursing from Penn Nursing. She received her PhD in Health Policy, with a concentration in ethics, from Harvard University and her JD from Harvard Law School, both in 2016. Dr. Largent was previously a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit before coming to Penn in 2017.

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Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE, is an attorney-bioethicist and the John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics. She is also Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine. Prof. Fernandez Lynch earned her BA, Master of Bioethics, and JD all from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to returning to the university as a faculty member, she was Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and Teaching Faculty in the Master of Bioethics program at Harvard Medical School. She has also worked as an attorney in private practice focused on pharmaceuticals regulation, and as a bioethicist at the NIH’s Division of AIDS and President Obama's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Prof. Fernandez Lynch’s scholarly work focuses primarily on the ethics and regulation of human subjects research, as well as the law and ethics of conscientious refusals in health care. She is the founder and chair of the Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight (AEREO), established in 2018 to carry out an empirical research agenda to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of research ethics review and oversight by IRBs and Human Research Protection Programs. She has also served as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) since 2014.  Prof. Fernandez Lynch’s work has been published in leading bioethics, medical, and law journals, including JAMA; The New England Journal of Medicine; Science; Health Affairs; The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics; and The American Journal of Bioethics, in addition to popular outlets such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and STAT. She is the author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise (MIT Press 2008), as well as the co-editor of books covering human subjects research regulation; FDA regulation of drugs and new technologies; health law and behavioral economics; law, religion, and health; biospecimen research; big data, health law, and bioethics; and transparency in health care (forthcoming).

Within the Department’s online education initiatives, Prof. Fernandez Lynch plays a primary role in supporting the academic progress of students pursuing the Master of Health Care Innovation. She is also the curriculum director of online medical ethics education, overseeing the training of Penn medical students in clinical and research ethics.

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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 Heagarty
  • Steven Joffe, MD, MPH
  • Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBe
  • Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Laura C. Hart, MFA
  • 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.


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