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Ethical Dilemmas in Dermatology
The course allows you to earn CME credits by considering ethical case studies commonly encountered in your day-to-day practice. The course poses a series of cases and possible answers for each situation. Each question and answer is followed by a short video featuring two AAD members discussing the situation and evaluating the answers. Complete the online quiz and achieve a minimum score of 70% to claim credit for the associated CME-certified online course.
Overview & Disclosures

Ethical Dilemmas in Dermatology

Date of Original Release: March 23, 2022
Date of Expiration: March 23, 2025
Estimated Time of Completion:  1 hour

Target Audience
Dermatologists and others involved in the delivery of dermatologic care.

Statement of Need
Physicians and healthcare providers are expected to respond in a professional manner when encountering ethically challenging scenarios in day-to-day practice. Dermatologists may encounter situations unique to the specialty and need to know how to choose the most appropriate course of action based on upon sound ethical reasoning and knowledge of the AAD Code of Medical Ethics for Dermatologists.

Learning Objectives
Following participation in this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Choose the most ethically appropriate course of action in challenging cases based on the Code of Medical Ethics for Dermatologists.
  • Recognize that patient well-being and autonomy are central to medical professionalism.
  • Identify appropriate physician-patient interaction

Accreditation Statement
The American Academy of Dermatology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA PRA Credit Statement
The American Academy of Dermatology designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Instructions to Claim Credit
To Claim CME credit for this activity, the learner must complete the post-activity evaluation survey.

Planners and Faculty

Benjamin Stoff, MD, FAAD, Chair
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA

Richard A. Keller, MD, FAAD, Deputy Chair
Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD, FAAD
New Rochelle, NY

Stephanie Fabbro, MD, FAAD
Dublin, OH

Peter S. Halperin, MD, FAAD
New York, NY

Anne L. Housholder, MD, FAAD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

William Huang, MD, FAAD
Associate Professor and Residency Program Director
Wake Forest University Department of Dermatology
Winston Salem, NC

Francis W. Iacobellis, MD, FAAD
Orlando, FL

Tricia Missall, MD, PhD, FAAD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Aimee Smidt, MD, FAAD
Associate Professor, Dermatology & Pediatrics
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM

Diane S. Berson, MD, FAAD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, NY 


Mary E. Maloney MD, FAAD
Dept of Dermatology
Hahnemann Campus
Worcester, MA

Kelley Pagliai Redbord MD, FAAD
Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology
George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Washington, DC


Cyndi Del Boccio
Director of Governance
Rosemont, IL

Christine Presta
Associate Director, Digital Learning
Rosemont, IL

Andrew Theisen
Digital Learning Manager
Rosemont, IL

Christina Cortese
Senior Instructional Designer
Rosemont, IL

Melinda Keske
Senior Coordinator, Digital Learning
Rosemont, IL

All planners, faculty, reviewers, and staff for this activity reported no relevant relationship(s) with commercial interest(s).

Conflict Mitigation Statement
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the American Academy of Dermatology has implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning implementation of this activity, to identify and mitigate conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control the content.

Unapproved Use Disclosure
The American Academy of Dermatology requires CME faculty/authors to disclose to learners when products or procedures are being discussed are off-label (not approved for the indications being discussed), unlabeled (not approved for any indications), experimental and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these products/procedures. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent approval information. Faculty/authors of this activity may be discussing information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is not responsible for statements made by the author(s). Statement or opinions expressed in this activity reflect the views of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the AAD. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only, is not intended to establish a standard of care, and is not meant to substitute for independent medical judgment of a health provider relative to the diagnostic, management and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 

No Medical Advice
The information in this publication by the American Academy of Dermatology or any third party should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified dermatology professional. The American Academy of Dermatology does not answer specific medical questions or refer people to a particular dermatology professional.

Contact Information
For the American Academy of Dermatology Member Resource Center, please call (866) 503-7546.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Mar 08, 2025
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit

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