Learn the attributes and nuances of ethics and professionalism essential to the practice of diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics. Professionalism is the basis of medicine’s contract with society, placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competency and integrity, and providing society with expert advice on health-related matters. It is the core operating principle of the medical profession.
RSNA members can enhance their essential skills in this area and earn SA-CME credits. Each interactive course is self-paced for a personalized learning experience and was developed by a team of experts and peer reviewed for content, quality, and clarity.
This course presents contemporary principles for medical professionals with targeted ethical scenarios providing a real-life basis for the application of ethical behavior in the medical profession. A detailed explanation of the hallmarks of a professional, including topics surrounding ethical behaviors in medical professions and how it has evolved over time are presented. Examination of various medical codes throughout history, including the Hippocratic Oath, Declaration of Geneva, and AMA Code of Ethics is provided. The ACR Code of Ethics and the AAPM Code of Ethics are presented with examples of currently accepted ethical code frameworks that can be adapted into your practice.
Underlying all professional interactions are the principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, as defined by the Belmont Report. Professional communications among different specialties is not normally taught during residency. This course highlights the importance of physician-physician and physician-patient interactions. Structured around three scenarios, each scenario incorporates the principles of beneficence and medical professionalism and presents an ethical challenge for key stakeholders in the scenario. Following each scenario, explanation of the ethical underpinnings is provided along with relevant details to assist in making ethical decisions.
In this course, the basics of personal behavior, peer review, and contract negotiations with employers are explored. Focusing on the onus of personal responsibility, this course provides a solid basis for understanding the concepts of courtesy, unwavering honesty, and personal responsibility in the workplace, with several included real-life case scenarios to illustrate these concepts. In addition, focus is given to the peer review process, highlighting the importance of peer review in preventing workplace bias and using peer review to promote effectiveness in practice. This course also explores the basics of contract negotiations with employers, focusing on ambiguous ethical situations that may present an ethical challenge when accepting a new position. A variety of contract negotiation scenarios accompany this information, providing real-life context for the challenges faced in contract negotiations.
Medicine and scientific research have been influenced by secondary interests, such as financial or other incentives, inconsistent with the ethical practice of medicine. This course seeks to recognize and adequately address conflicts of interest. Using true-to-life scenarios, this course provides a basis for responding to conflicts of interest which may occur between physicians, scientists, and the broader healthcare community. Various accepted ethical codes of conduct for physicians and other healthcare professionals are identified, including those from the American Medical Association, Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, Health Physics Society, Declaration of Geneva, and the World Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics.
Delve into topics surrounding ethics of research and publication in this comprehensive course. Covering issues such as research with animals and human participants, this course will walk users through a variety of ethical scenarios related to ethical behavior during clinical research. Learn about data falsification, data fabrication, and plagiarism as important concepts to be avoided during the acquisition of research data. Additional information about proper data management and secure data storage is provided, with an emphasis on ownership of research data performed in an institutional setting. Several “Test your Knowledge” questions throughout the course will help you understand and apply ethical principles to everyday situations that you may encounter during clinical research.
Human subject research has been a hotly debated topic for decades. This course seeks to provide a thorough examination of human subject research, starting with the historical events that led to current ethical guidelines. Roles of the clinician versus the researcher are explored using true-to-life graphic scenarios. Crucial components necessary for the ethical performance of research involving humans are identified, including the role the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and governmental agencies play.
This course reviews major ethical considerations related to the use of vertebrate animals in clinical and academic research. With an extensive review of historical religious and moral viewpoints, the course provides a solid foundation for understanding the history of human thought in regards to animal testing. In conjunction with the historical perspectives, details regarding the rights and protection of research animals are presented along with an introduction to the various animal rights and welfare organizations that advocate for animal rights. Finally, an overview of the current ethical climate in relation to research animals is presented, including information on some of the key ethical questions that arise during vertebrate animal research.
This course is intended to familiarize healthcare professionals with the principles of ethical relationships with vendors, the ethical underpinnings of financial conflicts of interest in such relationships, and codes of conduct established by government, institutions, and professional organizations to guide appropriate and professional behavior. Additionally, the course will include guidelines for ethical etiquette when dealing with vendor-sponsored research, conflict of interest, and public disclosure of financial relationships with vendors. This course examines the “rules of the road” governing proper relationships between industry and radiologists, radiation oncologists and non-physician researchers, and hospitals and professional organizations.
This course provides a framework currently accepted as appropriate practice by the biomedical research community. This framework applies to all practitioners in medicine, including those in the fields of diagnostic radiology, radiologic physics, and radiation oncology. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors criteria for authorship assignment are discussed, including a review using inappropriate, guest- and gift-authorship true-to-life case scenarios. Characteristics of a transparent peer review process, as well as responsibilities of reviewers, editors, and authors are highlighted. Duplicate manuscript submission and publication, including common mistakes, consequences, and secondary publication are addressed. Finally, definitions and forms of plagiarism by various governing bodies are reviewed.
This course concentrates on ethical concepts and principles within the context of graduate and resident education in radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics. The educational scenarios comprise various relationships among teachers, students, administrators, staff, and others. This course defines the educational relationships between these roles, as well as illustrates possible behavior in a range of ethical situations. Several real-life scenarios provide guidance for making ethical decisions in an education setting.
This course explores the application of principles and responsibilities as they relate to the Charter on Medical Professionalism. A review of established and currently accepted fundamental principles of medical professionalism is provided, including an outline of the ten commitments that must be adhered to in practice. Information regarding the adoption of the Charter on Medical Professionalism by various professional organizations is presented, focusing on entities such as the American Board of Radiology. Real-life interactive ethical scenarios are provided including detailed feedback on the most appropriate ethical course of action, with explanations for each scenario outcome.
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The RSNA designates each of the online courses for 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each course.
Each course qualifies for the ABR MOC Self-Assessment requirement (SA-CME).
Additionally, CAMPEP has approved each course for 1.50 credits.