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Deadly Medicine: How Healers Became Killers

Program Description:

From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse” German society of people viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.” Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that started with the mass sterilization of “hereditarily diseased” persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry.  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" exhibit traces this history from the early 20th-century international eugenics movement to the Nazi regime’s “science of race.” It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.  The purpose of this webinar is to provide a guided tour of this exhibit so that healthcare professionals all over the world can benefit from this important resource.

Target Audience:

This activity is intended to meet the needs of all practicing healthcare providers interested in learning from past ethical digressions in the effort to keep the patient at the center of care. 

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Explore how racial hygiene theory informed public policy, public health education and government-funded research in Nazi Germany

  • Trace the evolution of eugenics from its international ideological roots to its use as justification for sterilization, segreation and eventual mass murder

  • Examine the politicization of medicine that resulted in the Nazi Biological State

  • Explore the ways in which the medical community actively participated in the labeling, persecution and murder of millions of those deemed "unfit" that took place during the Holocaust
  • Reflect on the past transgressions and apply lessons learned to modern day practice. 



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 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, 1.5 CPE credit (UAN # 0498-9999-17-002-H04-P) or 1.5 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 7, 2019. Pharmacists are required to pass the post-test with a minimum score of 70%.

Activity Participation and Obtaining Credit:


To claim CME/CE credit, participants must complete the Activity and the Test and Evaluation 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)


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

Patricia Heberer-Rice has nothing to disclose

Matthew Wynia has nothing to disclose

Center for Education Development & Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH)

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.
Stacy Gallin (Planner, MIMEH) has nothing to disclose.

Support Statement:

This activity was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the 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 © 2017 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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