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Virtual Conversations in Justice and Equity in Bioethics: Controversies Around COVID-19 Vaccines

As we continue to face the many challenges that COVID-19 has created, ethical tensions in vaccine allocation remain a controversial topic. The bottom line seems to come down to: “who should be prioritized in receiving the vaccine, and who or what entity should make those decisions?” Join us as we engage in a robust discussion led by a panel of ethicists and health care professionals as we address these and more complicated questions regarding equitable access to vaccination during a worldwide pandemic.

Activity Details

Start Date:  April 26, 2021
End Date:  April 26, 2024

You may claim CME or CNE credit for successful completion of this online course. In order to claim credit, you must follow these steps:

  1. Register for the learning activity by creating an account or logging in to your account.
  2. Click Continue to navigate to the Evaluation tab; then click the Launch button to start the evaluation.
  3. Complete and Submit the evaluation and attestation form.

When the evaluation is submitted, you will be awarded credit. You may access your transcript for verification of participation at any time via Your Account. Need help? Visit the Support Page, send an Email, or call the Center for Learning and Professional Development at (603) 653-1234, Option 1.


There is no fee for this activity, but to receive credit(s) you must register online and complete the online evaluation (you must register to access this form).

  • Cynthia Bruzzese, MPA, MSB

    Executive Director of the Vermont Ethics Network, Montpelier, VT

  • Timothy Lahey, MD, MMSc 

    Director of Ethics, Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont Medical Center

  • Evie Marcolini MD, FAAEM, FACEP, FCCM

    Staff Physician, Emergency Department, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurocritical Care, Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, New Hampshire; Board of Directors, American Academy of Emergency Medicine

  • Catherine Shubkin, MD

    Associate Program Director, Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

  • Sally Bliss, MSB, RN, HEC-C: 

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Larner College of Medicine; Clinical Ethicist, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

  • William Nelson, PhD, MDiv

    Professor of The Dartmouth Institute, Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Professor of Medical Education, Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, New Hampshire
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss current issues related to ethical dilemmas posed by the allocation of a scarce resource (COVID 19 vaccine) during the pandemic.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit for this Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Nursing Education (CME/CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation
  • fill out the activity evaluation. (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

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Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions regarding accreditation of the activity:

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
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Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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