The Five Elements of Acupuncture Medical Ethics

By Greg Sperber

Greg Sperber discusses medical ethics and how they apply to Acupuncture and Oriental Medical Practices.
Total CPDs: 4
Total CPDs: 4
NCCAOM (4), IVAS (4), Standard Certificate (4)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

This course will look at basic medical ethics and how they apply to Acupuncture and Oriental Medical practices. It will cover the five basic principles/areas every practitioner should know. It then goes on to explore fundamental medical ethics including looking at the works of Hippocrates and Sun Si Miao and discussing the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment as well as NCCAOM’s Code of Ethics. And finally, there will be a review of real world ethical issues that practitioners need to deal with in their everyday interactions with patients. The goal of this course is to give a basic theoretical background to medical ethics and then make them relevant to one’s practices.

Course Objectives

  • To understand basic terms used in ethics and the sub-domain of ethics known as professional ethics.
  • To understand the basic concepts of medical ethics.
  • To explore historical medical ethics documents such as the Hippocratic Corpus and Sun Si Miaos On the Absolute Sincerity of Great Physicians
  • To apply these ethical considerations to real world situations.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 30 min
Introduction and definitions used in ethics.
30 min - 1.5 hrs
The basic concepts of medical ethics and discussion of real world applications.
1.5 hrs - 2 hrs
Discussion of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and its fall out.
2 hrs - 2.5 hrs
Discussion of the Hippocratic Oath and Sun Si Miao's treatise, On the Absolute Sincerity.
2.5 hrs - 3 hrs
Professional codes of ethics and the NCCAOM’s Code of Ethics.
3 hrs - 4 hrs
Real world applications of ethical and legal principles.
I would highly recommend this course to all TCM practitioners. Greg presents a new way of thinking (5 elements of ethics) regarding an ethical approach to clinical practice. This model is simple and easily applicable making it very easy to straight away do things within clinic that meet good ethical standards.
Laura W. - Australia
I think Greg is an excellent speaker, well informed on the subject and able to bring his point across. i especially enjoyed the historical references of the course.
Chryssoula N. - United States
This was a clear and valuable learning tool.
Juliena B. - Canada
I found this course on Ethics to be more inclusive in information than I have had previously.
Gwynn C. - United States of America
It made a boring topic relavent and interesting. Would recommend it to all in profession. Great lecturer.
Robin L. - United States
Greg was enthusiastic, and turned what might have been a very dull course into something more interesting.
Corrine W. - Canada
great content, dealing with relevant issues to acupuncturists and herbalists
Michelle C. - Australia
Absolutely brilliant and to the point.
Daniel W. - Australia
Good coverage of the topic of ethics within the health field. Enjoyed how everything was laid out and presented
Radley R. - United States of America
Overall good course explaining most issues concisely
CHRISTINE D. - Australia


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Taught by Greg Sperber

Dr. Greg Sperber is an author and also holds a Masters and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a professor at PCOM and speaks internationally on TCM business and drug-herb interactions.
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