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2. View course materials.
3. Complete assessment. 
4. Obtain CME credit.

Ethics Presentation

Surgeons as Mirrors of American Life:
A Novel Inquiry in the Ethics of Surgery

Date of Online Release: August 20, 2009
Recent Review: July 2015
Termination Date: August 3, 2015
Credits: .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
See link to Course Materials below.

CME Information - Overview

Dr. Vanderpool presented this ethics presentation at the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society 16th International Symposium. This presentation provides an overview of a values analysis of surgery, contemporary standard approaches to surgical ethics, and unexplored moral dimensions of rescue interventions. 

Educational Objectives
The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to-

  • Discuss how a values analysis relates to the ethics of surgery.
  • Describe current standard approaches to surgical ethics.
  • Debate special issues related to informed consent.

Target Audience
The intended audience for this continuing medical education activity includes cardiologists, internists, nurses and other healthcare professionals who work with heart disease patients.

Method of Instruction / Participation
This online enduring material comprises slide sets with text and audio derived from a live symposium presentation with post activity assessment and evaluation.

Evaluation / Feedback
We value your feedback; please send your suggestions and comments to the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Texas Heart Institute, cme@heart.thi.tmc.edu.


Harold Vanderpool, PhD, ThM

Harold Vanderpool, PhD, ThM

The Institute for the Medical Humanities
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Acknowledgement of Support
No grants were received for the production of this online enduring material.

Accreditation / Credit Designation 

Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Texas Heart Institute designates this educational activity for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This material has been designated by Texas Heart Institute for .5 hour of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Estimated Study Time
The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials and completion of the course assessment is 30 minutes.

Repurposing Statement
If you previously completed and received credit for the live CME-sponsored presentation entitled, Surgeons as Mirrors of American Life: A Novel Inquiry in the Ethics of Surgery, on June 7, 2009, please note that you will not receive credit for completing this activity. Participants who take part in an identical activity, even in order to validate learning or to clarify specific topics, cannot claim, nor will the Texas Heart Institute award, duplicate credit for the activity.

Disclosure of Relationships
It is the intent of the Texas Heart Institute to ensure that its educational mission and its continuing medical activities in particular, should not be influenced by the special interests of individuals associated with its program.

Faculty Disclosure
In accordance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, faculty members have disclosed their relationships with either the manufacturers of commercial products discussed, or the corporate organizations offering educational grants for the live continuing medical education activity.

Harold Vanderpool, PhD does not have any disclosures relevant to this program.
Course Materials and CME Credit 

This online enduring material comprises one presentation. By clicking on the course materials link, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the CME information provided above. After viewing the presentation, you must complete an assessment and evaluation to obtain CME credit for this activity.

Course Materials

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