EM2401D “Protecting the Legitimacy of Medical Expertise: Combating Misinformation in Medicine” (IM GR-012624)

Purpose and Overview

Many of us lack of awareness of how medical licensure functions, taking it for granted and assuming it has always been with us;  it has not.  Understanding the historical  of how, when and why society thought licensure was a good or bad idea, as well as how the profession has organized itself in response, can expand individual's capacity to respond to many of the contemporary challenges we face with medical misinformation and doubts among our patients about the legitimacy of medical expertise.  Thinking about how we build -and lose- trust as institutions and as individuals will make us more effective clinicians.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe how state medical licensure has at different times, been both common and rare in American history and state the different kinds of capacities enabled by a medical license.
  • Connect the current attacks on expertise to misinformation and medical freedom and describe the infrastructure of the modern information universe and how it can undermine scientific expertise.
  • Appreciate “earned mistrust” as a driver of susceptibility to misinformation and review some strategies for responding to medical misinformation.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: First Last, M.D.Richard J. Baron, M.D., MACP
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Board of Internal Medicine(ABIM) and the ABIM Foundation

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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