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On Demand Webinar: Human Genetics: From Eugenics to the Human Genome Project and Beyond

Program Description:

The purpose of this webinar is to explore the chronology of the ethical dimensions of human genetics. Beginning with a brief introduction to biology, DNA research, and human genetics, this webinar will review how genetic knowledge was abused in coercive international eugenics programs in the first half of the twentieth century, focusing specifically on the United States and Germany. Present applications of genetic research, including the Human Genome Project, genetic testing and screening, and gene therapy, can be used to investigate the ethical and public policy questions raised by society’s continued quest for progress through genetic manipulation. Genetic enhancement, behavioral genetics, and racial research represent potential future uses of human genetics, begging the question of how society will come to define and understand what it means to be human.

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: 

  1. Discuss the rise and fall of the Eugenic movement in the Unites States and in other countries.
  2. Explore the alliance between the American Eugenic movement and the National Socialist political programs.
  3. Study the abuse of eugenic policy in the Nazi medical programs that eventually resulted in the murder of millions of people.
  4. Examine the ethical and unethical practice that occurred as a result of these policies.
  5. Use the knowledge acquired from this presentation to form a reflective and inquiring background for participation in the current ethical discourse on these issues.

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:

MedEDirect designates this on demand, web based educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, 1.0 CPE credit (UAN # 0498-9999-16-003-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 April 20, 2018. Pharmacists are required to pass the post-test with a minimum score of 70%.

Activity Participation and Obtaining Credit:


Activity Expires: 4/20/2017

There are no fees to participate with this program.

To claim CME/CE credit, participants must complete the Activity Test and Evaluation Form in its entirety.

1. Log in to your MedEDirect account or sign up for a free account by completing the registration form

2. Complete the activity test and evaluation

3.  Physicians and nurses: Click “Download Certificate(s)”
     Pharmacists: Credit statements are submitted directly to CPE Monitor.
     (Please allow 5-7 business days for credits to post to your profile)


MedEDirect 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
  • 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

Faculty Bio:

Dr Tessa Chelouche, M.D

Dr Chelouche, originally from South Africa, has been living in Israel since 1977. Dr Chelouche received her MD degree from the Sackler School of Medicine at the University of Tel Aviv in 1984. She has been a board certified Family Physician from 1991, and subsequently the director of primary care family medicine clinics in Israel. She is a full time primary care physician, and has been active in instructing medical students and family physicians for many years.

Since 2002 she has been affiliated with the Rappaport School of Medicine at the Technion Institute in Haifa, commencing her work there as one of the founding members of the steering committee for "Research on Medicine and the Holocaust", and has been a lecturer for a pre-graduate medical student course on "Medicine and the Holocaust." She has been for the past three years, and is currently, the Co-Director of this course.

Dr Chelouche is affiliated with the International Center for Health, Law and Ethics at the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa, where from 2004 to 2010 she was the Director of the Department for Healthcare, Ethics and the Holocaust.

Dr Chelouche has presented many lectures on the diverse aspects of the subject "Medicine and the Holocaust" to different audiences, and at many national and international conferences. She has published papers in national and international journals on the subject.

In 2013 she co-edited the "UNESCO Chair of Bioethics: Casebook on Bioethics of Medicine and the Holocaust", which is used in medical schools worldwide and is currently being translated into other languages.

Dr Chelouche has voluntarily accompanied educational student trips to Poland for the past 17 years, reflecting her firm belief in the importance of educating the next generations of students in general, and medical students in particular, on the lessons that can be learned from the study of Medicine and the Holocaust.


Dr Tessa Chelouche reported no financial relationships. A copy of MedEDirect’s policy on resolving conflicts of interest can be found at



Thomas Zimmerman, PhD (Reviewer, MedEDirect) has nothing to disclose.

Philip Scibilia, PhD (Reviewer, MedEDirect) has nothing to disclose

Danielle Amodio (Planner, MedEDirect) has nothing to disclose.


Created and published by Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2016 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Neither nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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