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Five Elements of Medical Ethics

(21 customer reviews)


This course will look at basic medical ethics and how they apply to Acupuncture and Oriental Medical practices. It will cover the five basic principles/areas every practitioner should know. It then goes on to explore fundamental medical ethics including looking at the works of Hippocrates and Sun Si Miao and discussing the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment as well as NCCAOM’s Code of Ethics. And finally, there will be a discussion of real world ethical issues that practitioners need to deal with in their everyday interactions with patients. The goal of this course is to give a basic theoretical background to medical ethics and then make them relevant to one’s practices.

Course Goals

  1. To understand basic terms used in ethics and the sub-domain of ethics known as professional ethics
  2. Understand the basic concepts of medical ethics
  3. Explore historical medical ethics documents such as the Hippocratic Corpus and Sun Si Miao’s On the Absolute Sincerity of Great Physicians
  4. Apply these ethical considerations to real world situations

This is California Acupuncture Board (CAB) Category 1 distance education course. For NCCAOM, this course is an ethics PDA. This course is approved by the California Acupuncture Board and NCCAOM for 3 hours of continuing education and PDAs. For further information, please contact Dr. Greg Sperber, CAB CEU Provider #1349, NCCAOM PDA Provider #166669, at DrGreg@integrativemedicinecouncil.org or (619) 881-0029.

Refund Policy: This course may be downloaded as soon as purchased and therefore no refunds are possible.


Anytime-Online, Aug. 3, 2019, Sept. 1, 2019, Nov. 23, 2019, Dec. 28, 2019

21 reviews for Five Elements of Medical Ethics

  1. Michelle

    great content, dealing with relevant issues to acupuncturists and herbalists. great knowledge of subject with practical examples- has given me a few areas in which to improve my practice

  2. Laura

    Excellent knowledge and articulate speaker

  3. Simon

    Only issue i had was that I’m in Australia and did not realise this course was rom the USA. However it was still informative and most information applies equally to here. I would also recommend some discussion about changing cultural expectations.

  4. Kirsten

    Great notes

  5. Veronica

    Informative, knowledgeable, entertaining, Can be a dry subject, but important, you made it quite enjoyable to watch Thank you!


    Overall good course explaining most issues concisely. Thank you for answering all questions clearly and for good content

  7. John

    Teacher was well-prepared and organized, and also provided ample real-world examples, which was hugely helpful in illustrating the ethical concepts in a real practice.

  8. Jack

    Great course, good clear explanations.

  9. Laura

    Thanks Greg, I thoroughly enjoyed this course and found it very informative. It is a requirement of the Australian Chinese Medicine Board to complete at least 2hrs CPE related to Ethics each year. In my many years now this has been the most beneficial ethics course I have undertaken. I would highly recommend this course to all TCM practitioners. Greg presents a new way of thinking (5 elements of ethics) regarding an ethical approach to clinical practice. This model is simple and easily applicable making it very easy to straight away do things within clinic that meet good ethical standards.

  10. kevin

    keep up the good work

  11. Radley

    Good coverage of the topic of ethics within the health field. Enjoyed how everything was laid out and presented. Great job in presenting on the topic of ethics.

  12. Corrine

    Greg was enthusiastic, and turned what might have been a very dull course into something more interesting.

  13. Gwynn

    I found this course on Ethics to be more inclusive in information than I have had previously.

  14. Patricia

    The teacher was great and very knowledgeable.

  15. Robin

    It made a boring topic relavent and interesting. Would recommend it to all in profession. Great lecturer.

  16. Juliena

    This was a clear and valuable learning tool.

  17. Chryssoula

    I think Greg is an excellent speaker, well informed on the subject and able to bring his point across. i especially enjoyed the historical references of the course.

  18. Robert

    I like that the theoretical material was refined with real world examples. I also appreciate that you take questions during live presentation as you can give more reinforcement to the points you are making. You make a good demonstration of keeping hydrated with your enormous tumbler : ).

  19. Anthea

    Excellent handouts and very to the point. Also liked that you included the quote from Sun Si Miao, as this side of it is often unknown or glossed over.

  20. Daniel

    Absolutely brilliant and to the point.

  21. Nicole

    I’ve taken a few classes with Greg and I really like his organization, personal experience and thoroughness.

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