Join Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine for a webinar commemorating the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg, where physicians were placed on trial for their active participation in the labeling, persecution, and eventual mass murder of those deemed “lives unworthy of living.” These crimes against humanity perpetrated by those who took an oath to “First, do no harm,” continue to have repercussions for medicine, ethics, and human rights.
Dr. Fernandes will examine how professional hierarchies in medical education can perpetuate a moral ethos that prioritizes societal progress over individual well-being. Dr. Fernandes will explore the rights and responsibilities of healthcare professionals to conscientiously object to institutional policies that violate basic ethical foundations as an essential mechanism to remind physicians of what the power of medicine has done to degrade human dignity, and what it has the potential to do to promote bioethical values. Participants will also be able to watch testimony from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust from USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
This program is co-sponsored by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, Maimonides Institute for Medicine Ethics and the Holocaust, The Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the International Chair in Bioethics, and the Nuremberg Memorium Trials.