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Ethics CME Requirements
Ethics Courses at the Joint Meeting
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Ethics CME Requirements
The Academy is committed to the goals of ethics education in lifelong learning for all ophthalmologists. The Academy continues to offer ethics educational activities and continues to track ethics-specific CME for members who require documentation of such CME for purposes such as state licensure. The following four states require ethics-specific CME for re-licensure: Florida, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Texas.  Check with your state medical board if you are unsure of your state licensure requirements.

Ethics Instruction Courses at the Joint Meeting
Presented by the Ethics Committee

Two interesting and thought-provoking courses offer one hour of ethics-specific CME. If claiming ethics-specific CME for this educational activity, be sure to retain verification of participation in the Instruction Course or Breakfast Roundtable until CME is verified by report.

Medical Ethics in the Hot Seat - How compliance with the Academy's Code of Ethics Can Turn a Good Litigation Defense into a Great One
Monday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Room S105-BC
Course 312

In hypothetical malpractice litigation against an ophthalmologist, the importance of several components of ethical practice will be highlighted: adequate informed consent and pretreatment assessment; appropriate postoperative care; and compliant advertising practices. The dramatization will demonstrate that compliance with the rules of the Academy’s Code of Ethics will not only benefit your patients and your practice, but could prove advantageous or even decisive in one’s defense against allegations of medical negligence.

As each ethical component is introduced by a plaintiff’s attorney in cross examination, “stop action” moments will occur in which course attendees will be polled for their input on how testimony about each component may positively or negatively contribute to the case against the ophthalmologist. Current federal regulatory and the Academy’s ethical guidelines will be referenced as part of each analysis.

The Institutional Review Board Submission Process: Why Should I Care and What If I Don’t?
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Room S505-AB
Course 574

This course will define “research” and the IRB process in terms of potential ethical issues. Discussion will include: existing guidelines/regulations for ethical research in all settings and types of IRB review (full, expedited, exempt), statutory authority of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), specific regulations and ethical imperatives impacting all human research (prospective AND retrospective) and special informed consent required by research. Via case studies, participants will discuss real-life obstacles in publishing research results if no IRB was consulted prior to the start of research, compassionate care vs. research in off-label drug use with resulting publication of results, the potential pressure to enroll patients in a study where payment is made for each enrollee, and prospective vs. retrospective research practices.  The potential consequences of not following ethical practices in IRB submission will also be discussed.

Breakfast with the Experts
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Hall A

Sunday, Nov 11:

  • B112 – Ethical Relationships Between Physicians and Industry
  • B113 – Ethical Expert Witness Testimony: What You Should Know

Monday, Nov 12:

  • B269 – Ethical Dilemmas in Emergency Ophthalmic Care
  • B270 - Clinical Practice vs. Research: Ethical Distinctions
  • B271 - Practical Aspects of Ethical Comanagement

Tuesday, Nov 13:

  • B451 – The Ethics of Informed Consent

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For more information on ethics courses, the Academy's Code of Ethics, policies, opinions, guidelines and more, consult the Ethics Program.