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Council On Ethical And Judicial Affairs Open Forum

The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) will conduct an Open Forum at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates on Monday, June 9 in Regency D of the Hyatt Regency Chicago from 8:30-10:00 am. The Open Forum is open to AMA members, interested non-members, other guests and the press.

The Council welcomes the opportunity to receive input regarding the following topic:

Draft Updated Code of Medical Ethics

The Council thanks former AMA President Daniel H. Johnson, MD, for kindly agreeing to moderate the session.

CME credit will not be available for the in-person A-14 Open Forum. Comments may be submitted through AMA’s Learning Management System for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . For information on these CME activities, as well as how to submit comments electronically on CEJA’s electronic forum, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/cejaforum (AMA login required). Written commentary submitted to the Council will be given the same consideration as oral commentary.

Draft Updated Code of Medical Ethics

As described in a series of informational reports to the House of Delegates, in 2008 the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs launched a major program to critically review and update the AMA Code of Medical Ethics. The 167-year-old Code, the leading source of ethical guidance for physicians, was last comprehensively updated in 1957.

The council reviewed the Code for relevance, timeliness, clarity and consistency across topics and incorporated feedback from across the medical community to produce an updated Code with a more intuitive chapter structure. Then, chapter by chapter, CEJA revised the Code, working conservatively to ensure the only changes were those that were absolutely necessary for the guidance to remain relevant in the face of changes in biomedical science and conditions of medical practice.

In January 2014 the Council posted drafts of all chapters in the updated Code to its online forum (www.ama-assn.org/go/cejaforum) for review and comment. The Council also created online activities that allow physicians to review each chapter for CME credit through AMA’s Learning Management System.

Through this Open Forum, the Council invites in-person feedback on all chapters of the draft. To facilitate comment, CEJA respectfully asks that participants address remarks to chapters in order, in keeping with the following agenda:

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Introduction – Daniel H. Johnson, MD
8:35 a.m. Chapters 2A, 2B
8:50 a.m. Chapters 3, 4, 5
9:05 a.m. Chapters 5, 6
9:20 a.m. Chapters 7, 8
9:35 a.m. Chapter 9, 10
9:50 a.m. Chapter 11

Participants are welcome to submit written commentary through the CEJA online forum or by email to the Council Secretary at bette.crigger@ama-assn.org.