CME Statements & Course Objectives
The ethical foundations of Western medicine were laid down by Hippocrates in ancient Greece. Hippocrates, extolled for his moral courage, boldly rejected the relativistic values of Greek mainstream medicine and staunchly defended the dignity of each human life. In today’s contemporary culture of moral relativism, physicians also must courageously battle assaults on human life and human dignity. This three-day conference will examine the grave threats to medical practitioners and their patients that have arisen from a radical and progressive secularization and explore its impact on the medical profession. It will delve into areas of medical practice that demand great moral courage: safeguarding the sanctity of life and the dignity of each patient, defending the rights of conscience, preserving the patient/physician relationship, upholding the importance of natural moral law in addressing increasingly complex bioethical issues, and influencing the culture of medicine through participation in health care decision making.
The following objectives will be met through the presentations:
- Recognize the importance of freedom of conscience and conscience protection in their daily practice.
- Be aware of the erosion of virtue ethics in the practice of medicine.
- Attain competency in addressing the spiritual needs of patients.
- Understand the importance of natural moral law in addressing increasingly complex bioethical issues.