Of all the substances of abuse (including cocaine,
heroin, and marijuana), alcohol produces by far the most serious neurobehavioral
effects in the fetus.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Ethical
and Legal Perspectives
is a free eModule for clinicians about fetal alcohol
spectrum disorders (FASDs). FASDs is an umbrella term describing the range of
effects that can occur in an individual who is exposed to alcohol during the
nine-month prenatal period before birth. These effects may include many types
of disabilities that are physical, mental, behavioral, learning, or any
combination of these, with possible lifelong implications. The objectives of
this presentation are to:
Explain an overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)
- Describe an overview of medical ethics
- Explore the complex history and legality of drinking during pregnancy
- Address the application of ethical principles to FASD prevention efforts
This unit will guide you in legal considerations, provide
tips for how to speak with patients, review principles of medical ethics, and
provide resources such as committee opinions and reimbursement codes.
Physicians can purchase and download the eModule directly to their laptops or desktop computers and receive CME credit.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
College Cognate Credit(s)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 Category 1 College Cognate Credits. The College has a reciprocity agreement with the AMA that allows AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to be equivalent to College Cognate Credits.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
The ACOG eModule Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Ethical and Legal Perspectives was developed under the direction of the eModule Advisory Committee and contributor. The ACOG eModule is planned and produced in accordance with the Standards for Enduring Materials of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Any discussion of unapproved use of products is clearly cited in the appropriate critique.
Current guidelines state that continuing medical education (CME) providers must ensure that CME activities are free from the control of any commercial interest. The contributor(s) and the advisory council declare that neither they nor any business associate nor any member of their immediate families has material interest, financial interest, or other relationships with any company manufacturing commercial products relative to the topics included in this publication or with any provider of commercial services discussed in the eModule.
Credit for each ACOG eModule will be available for 3 years from the initial date of release or revision.