Ethics for Medical Professionals

California Medical Board approved CME course

Course Dates and Status

Start Date End Date Enrollment Cutoff Status
07/27/2024 07/28/2024 07/17/2024 WAITLIST ONLY
10/10/2024 10/11/2024 10/01/2024 SPACE LIMITED
12/05/2024 12/06/2024 11/20/2024 OPEN
02/06/2025 02/07/2025 01/24/2025 OPEN
03/01/2025 03/02/2025 02/10/2025 OPEN
04/19/2025 04/20/2025 04/04/2025 OPEN

Course Cost: $1,600
Course Format: Online (Live)
Course Credits: 22 CME

California Medical Board approved CME course

  • 8 am PST to 4:30-5 pm PST(11 am EST to 7:30-8 pm EST)
Course Description

A comprehensive two-day professional ethics program designed specifically for physicians, with engaging, case-based curriculum.

This ethics course is presented by experienced faculty and incorporates didactic and experiential elements, and an in-depth review of guidelines and ethical codes that define the safe and ethical practice of medicine. Class sizes are limited to 12 participants.

Each participant develops their own Maintenance of Accountability and Professionalism (MAP) Plan with faculty and peer group support. This plan informs their participation in peer MAP groups to solidify key learnings at follow-ups at 6 and 12 months after completing the two-day course.


Participants complete readings, essay assignments, and self-directed learning to lay the foundation for further discussion.

Course Topics Include:
  • The 4 principles of medical ethics, 3 principles of public service ethics, and 9 medical ethics principles of the American Medical Association
  • Risk factors and vulnerabilities that increase the risk of ethical violations
  • Basic tenets of patient rights and responsibilities
  • Informed consent and capacity
  • Doctor-patient communication, confidentiality, and patient privacy
  • Ethics in leadership and conflict management
  • Boundary ethics around sexual harassment and a hostile work environment
  • Concept of dual loyalty
  • Ethical and legal implications of financial impropriety and fraud
  • Relevant elements of misrepresentation, falsification, and unlicensed practice

PACE-PLUS, our one-on-one and group follow-up coaching, was designed to further support our CME participants and to help them implement their Maintenance of Accountability and Professionalism (MAP) plans.

The Ethics for Medical Professionals course features 2 PACE PLUS MAP follow-up group sessions, included in the course price, at 6 and 12 months after completing the course. (Optional for those not required to participate in follow-up).

For more intensive coaching support, participants are encouraged to enroll in individual coaching or MAP groups meeting quarterly or monthly. PACE PLUS is currently offered for our Ethics for Medical Professionals, Managing High Impact Emotions, and Professional Boundaries courses. Learn more about PACE PLUS here.


The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Effective March 18, 2020 until further notice, all UCSD PACE Program CME courses have been moved online. Once you have enrolled in a course (or courses), you will be contacted by a PACE representative with additional information on how to participate in your course(s).