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On Demand Replay: Medical Experimentation During and After WWII

Program Description:

Many scholars have argued that the field of human subject research ethics was created as a direct response to Josef Mengele and the medical experimentation that took place in Nazi concentration camps. While the barbarism disguised as scientific practice that took place during the Holocaust serves as the singular example of unethical human subject research, the history of the field demonstrates a host of medical failures that have violated not only the tenets of sound science, but also the personhood of those seeking relief from suffering. This webinar will provide a better understanding of the evolution of human subject research ethics through the examination of several examples of unethical human subject research experimentation during and after World War II.

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:

  • Examine various examples of unethical medical experimentation during and after World War II.
  • Use medical experimentation during the Holocaust to demonstrate the dangers of placing the value of scientific progress over the dignity of each individual.

  • Explore the justificiations given by medical professionals for their unethical behavior.

  • Provide a foundation for the creation and development of ethical human subject research projects.

Acceditation Statement:

In support of improving patient care the Center for Education Development 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 # 0498-9999-16-012-H04-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 December 8, 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

Faculty Bio:

Susan M. Miller MD, MPH, FACP is the John S. Dunn, Sr. Research Chair in General Internal Medicine at the Houston Methodist and is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and an Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Institute of Academic Medicine, Houston Methodist Research Institute. She is an Associate Professor, Weill Medical College, Cornell University. She is also the Deputy Chief in the Department of Family Medicine at The Methodist Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Center for Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Miller is currently the Chair of the Institutional Review Board of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and is the Director of the Chao Program for International Research Ethics.


Dr. Miller has provided consultation work to health care institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Cameroon, the Philippines, South Korea, and Monterrey. She is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Medicine After the Holocaust (Houston), and is a co-founder of the Physicians after the Holocaust-Ukraine where she is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Informational Center of Bioethics - Ukraine. In addition, Dr. Miller is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board of CITI. Furthermore, Dr. Miller has an honorary faculty position at the Tomsk Regional Center for AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases in Tomsk, Siberia and is an Advisory Professor for the Catholic University of Korea.


Faculty reported the following financial relationships. A copy of Center for Education Development's policy on resolving conflicts of interest can be found at

Susan M. Miller has nothing to disclose

Center for Education Development
Thomas Zimmerman, PhD (Reviewer, CED) has nothing to disclose.
John Zitel (Reviewer, CED) has nothing to disclose.
Danielle Amodio (Planner, CED has nothing to disclose.

Support Statement:

This activity was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust
This activity is sponsored by Center for Education Development


Created and published by Center for Education Development. Copyright © 2016 Center for Education Development. 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 CED. Neither CED 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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