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On Demand Webinar Replay: Medicine, Ethics, and the Holocaust: Reflecting on the Past to Protect the Future

Program Description:

This webinar will focus on the abrogation of biomedical ethics in World War II Germany, demonstrating how the Holocaust is a unique example of medically sanctioned genocide. The biomedical ethical considerations brought to light as a result of the alliance between medicine and the Nazis remain relevant for current medical and scientific practice, healthcare policy, and human rights endeavors. Eugenics, disability studies, end-of-life care, genetic testing, and human experimentation are all topics that are vital to the history as well as the future of bioethics. Exploring the pivotal role played by science and medicine in the labeling, persecution, and eventual mass murder of those deemed "unfit" is essential to preventing other instances of human rights abuses in modern society.

Target Audience:

This continuing medical education offering is intended for physicians, pharmacists and nurses.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this knowledge activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explore the bioethical implications of the medical transgressions that took place during the Holocaust for modern scientific theory, medical practice, healthcare policy, and human rights endeavors.
  • Examine the unique confluence of events that took place in Germany in the early twentieth century that resulted in the merger of politics, science, and medicine in order to help better understand the rationale behind eugenics and Nazi racial hygiene policy.
  • Use the Holocaust as the historical framework to explore current human rights abuses in vulnerable populations and examine the ways in which minority cultures have been subjected to unethical medial practices under the guise of scientific progress.


Acceditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust and the Center for Education Development (CED). CED is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation:

Center for Education Development designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, 1.0 CPE credit (UAN # 0498-9999-16-002-H05-P) or 1.0 ANCC credit.

Participants should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Participants must participate in the session and complete an activity evaluation before March 2, 2018. Pharmacists are required to pass the post-test with a minimum score of 70%.


Center for Education Development supports recommendations that will promote life long learning through continuing education. The following desirable physician attributes are addressed through this activity:

  • Provide patient-centered care
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Employ evidence-based practice
  • Apply quality improvement

Required Hardware/Software:

The computer you plan to use should meet the following requirements:

  • Peripherals: Computer speakers or headphones
  • Monitor Screen Resolution: 320 x 480 or higher
  • Media Viewing Requirements: Adobe Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, Flash Player & HTML

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