Long School of Medicine

Ethical Issues in Developing Crisis Standards for Care

Course Description

The Washington Post asked readers to describe the year 2020 in one word. Readers described the year as chaotic, exhausting, surreal, relentless, and lost. But how do you capture the lived experience of the patient, the family members, and the healthcare workers who have devoted countless hours fighting a worldwide pandemic, one case at a time? When the pandemic ends, what will be remembered? This session provides an opportunity to reflect on the emotional toll of caring, to explore the ethical and social challenges facing society, and to discover how to move forward.

  • University Health/UT-San Antonio CME Series 2022-23 is dedicated to supporting physicians/practitioners with accredited continuing medical education using varied methods of training that fulfills lifelong learning needs.
  • This educational series covers training in diverse specialties of medicine with focus on maternal-neonatal care. services where an educational gap has been identified. Once clinical deficits and educational gaps have been brought to our attention by practitioners, we create programs that will meet identified gaps. In addition, we integrate quality, safety, health disparities when appropriate, as well as ethical considerations into our programs.

Target Audience

MD, DO, RN, LVN, Advanced Practice RN, PA’s, PharmD, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Crisis Standards of Care (CSC)
  • Explore the ethical issues identified in developing CSC
  • Discuss ‘conflicting’ ethical obligations during a pandemic
  • Identify lessons learned


Jeanie L. Sauerland MA, BSN, RN HEC-C
Director of Ethics Services
University Health

Financial Disclosures
Jeanie L. Sauerland MA, BSN, RN HEC-C has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interest to disclose.

The planning committee members below do not have any relevant financial relationship to disclose:
Rebecca Terrazas, BSN, RN
Alice Gong, MD
Antonio Hernandez, MD
Dolores Perry, MSN
Rachael Farner, MSN, RN
Patrick Ramsey, MD
Amy Quinn, MD

Registration Information

No Charge

Physician Participation

Upon completion of viewing the online presentation, please follow the instructions at the end of the presentation to complete the evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, the user will be provided the option to print their certificate.

Accreditation Statement

Continuing Medical Education Credit

As an ACCME-accredited CME provider, The UT Health Science Center San Antonio must ensure that its CME activities are independent of the control of commercial interests. All speakers and planning committee members for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio sponsored programs are expected to disclose (prior to the activity) all “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. (“Relevant” financial interest or other relationships can include such things as grant or research support, employees, consultants, major stockholders, members of speaker bureau, etc.)

UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Rebecca Terrazas, course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the University Health System. The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance

† This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Credit may be obtained upon successful completion of the activity’s evaluation.