The Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course is jointly provided by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics.

Course Objectives


This course is designed to improve the understanding of how to clarify an ethical problem and analyze justifiable alternatives. On completion of this activity, participants shall be able to:

  • Raise and analyze medical ethical questions not resolved by professional codes of ethics;

  • Discuss ethical theories and standards that move beyond personal relativism and individual subjectivity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits


The Harvard Clinical Bioethics course offers physicians AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (21 CME credits).

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics.The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

If you have questions about the course or CME credits, please contact the Center for Bioethics at bioethics@hms.harvard.edu.