Pandemics, Protocols, and Justice: Ethical Issues in Resource Allocation and Health Equity During COVID-19 and Beyond

Speaker(s):
Jessica C. Shand MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Humanities, and Bioethics
University of Rochester Medical Center

Summary:
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental ethical issues in healthcare access, scarce resource allocation, and equity. This presentation will discuss the application of ethical models to dilemmas raised by the pandemic, including ventilator allocation, outcome disparities, and vaccine distribution. Strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for innovation at the intersection of ethics, data science, and population health will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of ethical models for scarce resource allocation during a pandemic.
2. Understand ethical arguments for and against the inclusion of children in scarce resource allocation protocols.
3. Recognize ethical issues impacting health equity in COVID-19, including vaccine allocation and research.

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* 5. Month and Day of your Birth

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* 7. Please rate the impact of the following course objectives
As a result of attending this activity, I am better able to:

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1. Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of ethical models for scarce resource allocation during a pandemic.
2. Understand ethical arguments for and against the inclusion of children in scarce resource allocation protocols.
3. Recognize ethical issues impacting health equity in COVID-19, including vaccine allocation and research. 

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* 8. Please rate the projected impact of this activity on your knowledge, competence, performance, and patient outcomes.
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* 10. Do you feel this activity was free of commercial bias or influence?
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* 11. Do you feel this activity was evidence-based?

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* 12. Do you plan to make changes to your practice as a result of attending this activity?

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* 13. Please list suggestions you have for future topics as well as any addition comments.

Accreditation
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians
Certification
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Maintenance of Certification(MOC)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 1 MOC point in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.  It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

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