ExpiresOctober 31, 2021
Format TypeJournal-based CME
American Medical Association
Despite the prodigious medical literature on cancer care, some patients rely on celebrity narratives as frameworks for understanding their experiences of cancer and as benchmarks for decision making. Regardless of whether these narratives are appropriate sources of health information for patients, it has been shown that celebrity narratives influence patterns of care. Three cases—John McCain, Angelina Jolie, and Jimmy Carter—are presented to illustrate how media coverage of cancer can have unforeseen consequences on individual patients exposed to these kinds of stories. For this reason, clinicians should become familiar with these narratives and comfortable with discussing how celebrity narratives can shape patients’ views and decisions.
1. This activity is part of the AMA Journal of Ethics.
2. This activity is free to AMA members.
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ABMS MOC Part II CME Activity
Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Psychiatry and Neurology
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1. Explain a new or unfamiliar viewpoint on a topic of ethical or professional conduct.
2. Evaluate the usefulness of this information for his or her practice, teaching, or conduct.
3. Decide whether and when to apply the new information to his or her practice, teaching, or conduct.
Medical Knowledge, Professionalism
CME Credit Type
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit