Health Care Ethics:
Virtual Member Forum

Health care ethics is a set of moral principles, beliefs and values designed to guide providers in making choices about medical care. In the U.S., four main principles define the ethical duties that health care professionals owe to patients. They are:

  • Autonomy: to honor the patients right to make their own decision
  • Beneficence: to help the patient advance his/her own good
  • Nonmaleficence: to do no harm
  • Justice: to be fair and treat like cases alike

Join our facilitator and other PAMED members in discussing the application of health care ethics as we explore various topics in contemporary medicine. This member-only CME activity will be held quarterly and conducted through Zoom.
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Facilitator: Rebekah Apple, MA, DHSc

Rebekah Apple is the director of the Master of Medical Management program at Carnegie Mellon University and a medical ethicist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Apple has worked in bioethics for fifteen years, within both hospital and hospice settings, with a special interest in organ donation/transplantation issues and also in organizational ethics.  She teaches medical ethics to first and third year medical students, applied ethical analysis to graduate students, and organizational ethics with a management focus to physicians.  Apple consults with hospitals and health systems around the country and has designed and delivered education to the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Women's Association, among others. She earned her Masters degree in Bioethics from the University of South Florida and doctorate in Health Science from A.T. Still University. 


2022 Topics


April 7, 2022,
7:30-8:30 p.m. 
Zoom Meeting

 “Debiologizing” Race in Medicine

  • Explore historical fallacies associated with race-based medicine
  • Consider implications of current medical education practices
  • Discuss barriers to change

Discussion resources:

 1 hour
Aug. 11, 2022,
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Medicine and Artificial Intelligence

- Explore socially responsible technology in healthcare

- Consider "fair" distribution and use of health care technology

Discussion resources:

Register to participate  

1 hour

Oct. 6, 2022,
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Healthcare for Incarcerated Individuals

- Examine common ethical dilemmas in prison healthcare

- Discuss effect of privatization on prison healthcare 

- Consider strategies to improve medicine for those incarcerated

Discussion resources:

Register to participate

1 hour


The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PAMED designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with their participation in the activity.

No one involved in the planning or delivery of this activity has any relevant financial relationships to disclose. All potential conflicts of interest have been mitigated.

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