Activity ID



November 28, 2026

Format Type


CME Credit




CME Provider: AMA Journal of Ethics

Description of CME Course

Brain death differs from traditional circulatory death, and understanding how it differs is important. Public awareness of brain death is based largely on inaccurate media representations, common examples of which are described here. The purpose of this article is to motivate lay understanding of brain death by tracing key moments in the history of how we’ve come to define and recognize brain death as death. This article also considers criticisms of brain death and rebuttals to those criticisms.


1. This activity is accredited by the American Medical Association.
2. This activity is free to AMA members.

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Educational Objectives

1. Explain a new or unfamiliar viewpoint on a topic of ethical or professional conduct
2. Evaluate the usefulness of this information for health care practice, teaching, or conduct
3. Decide whether and when to apply the new information to health care practice, teaching, or conduct




Medical Knowledge, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



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