In times of crisis where health systems are overwhelmed, health systems and clinicians should apply the usual ethical and clinical standards of care while also considering duties related to stewardship and resource allocation. This session evaluates key ethical principles that guide clinical care and stewardship. The presentation will also discuss the necessity of operationalizing a multi-perspective, sensitive and ethically supportable response to clinical decision making during a pandemic. Specific attention is given to local and regional practices and standards.


1. To identify and analyze key ethical principles and professional duties utilized in clinical decision-making during a crisis.
2. To compare actions taken by health systems during a pandemic for the protection of clinicians, patients, and the community.

About the Speaker(s):

Jason Morrow, MD

Jason Morrow, MD, PhD, FAAHPM
Associate Professor of Medicine
UT Health San Antonio


Jeanie Sauerland, RN

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

Financial Disclosures:

Jason Morrow, MD, PhD, FAAHPM and Jeanie L. Sauerland, MA, BSN, RN, HEC-C have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

The Family & Community Medicine Professional Development and Grand Rounds Committee members (Marcy Wiemers, MD, Maria Del Pilar Montañez Villacampa, MD, Christine Song, DO, Nehman Andry, MD, Margaret Finley, MD, Andrew Dinh, DO, Maureen Alvarado, DO, Richel Avery, MD, Inez I. Cruz, PhD, and Nichole Rubio) have no relevant financial relationships to commercial interests to disclose.

The Family & Community Medicine Professional Development and Grand Rounds Committee member Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD has disclosed he receives royalties from General Practice and Family Medicine for being UpToDate Editor-in-Chief.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1.00 hours), Non-Physician Participation Credit (1.00 hours)

Target Audience:

Specialties – Primary Care; Family Medicine
Faculty, residents, other health care providers and staff from our department; physicians and health care providers from San Antonio and South Texas; and medical students in our third-year clerkship and fourth year rotations.


The UT Health Long San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

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

The Long School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Attendance. For information on applicability and acceptance, please consult your professional licensing board.

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For activity related questions, please contact:
Name: Nichole Rubio- FCM Grand Rounds Coordinator
Email: rubion@uthscsa.edu

For CME general questions, please contact
Ph: (210) 567-4445
Email: cme@uthscsa.edu