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Rights of Conscience and the Practice of Medicine

[1 Credit Hour]
This course is available for physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner continuing education. A general attendance certificate is also available.

Recorded live at The Right of Conscience and Cultural Change in Medicine conference held in Dallas, TX on February 29, 2020. 
Original Release Date: March 1, 2020
Termination Date: February 28, 2023

What’s at issue in this discussion is the right of physicians to exercise their right of conscience in two primary areas related to conflicts of conscience—the debate over the right to opt out of performing a procedure to which there are moral conflicts, and the debate over the obligation to provide a referral in cases in which they opt out of the procedure.


  • Identify the primary moral issues at stake when conflicts of conscience occur in medicine.
  • Evaluate the available options for physicians in handling conflicts of conscience.
  • Debate whether physicians have a moral obligation to refer in cases they have a moral or religious objection to and have opted out of