Medicalized Murder: The Holocaust in Context

Enduring - This is a virtual, asynchronous educational session that is part of the Center for Faculty and Professional Development’s Foundations in Medical Education Grand Rounds series.

The  motivation for offering this session was to address potential educational gaps in this history and to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day which is January 27, 2024.

About the Speaker: Amanda M. Caleb, PhD, MPH, is professor of medical humanities at GCSOM, having previously served as founding director and professor of Medical and Health Humanities and professor of English at Misericordia University. She holds a PhD in English and an MA in nineteenth-century studies from The University of Sheffield, an MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BA in English from Davidson College. Her research interests include the medical and public health humanities, health communication, health narratology, narrative medicine, and bioethics and the Holocaust. She is a steering committee member for the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust for the International Chair in Bioethics (a Cooperating Centre of the World Medical Association) and is an educational consultant for the Benjamin Ferencz Institute for Ethics, Human Rights, and the Holocaust.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers.  Other learner groups, such as. residents, fellows, medical students, non-clinician educators, GME program administrators and other education staff would also benefit from this education.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • describe the development of eugenics in the United States and how eugenics was integrated into Nazi politics and racial hygiene programs
  • explain the roles physicians and other health care providers played in the Nazi eugenics program and the Holocaust
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 1.00 ANCC
    • 1.00 Participation Credit
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 

    Medicalized Murder: The Holocaust in Context

    This is an asynchronous enduring material activity.
    Activity Director
    Robert Cooney, MD, MSMedMEd
    Associate Dean, Faculty Development
    Geisinger Medical Center
    Geisinger Faculty
    Amanda Caleb, PhD, MPH
    Professor, Medical Humanities
    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine


    In support of improving patient care, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




    Credit Designation 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. 

    Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine designates this live activity for 1 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.


    This Geisinger continuing education activity is designed for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only.  Information and opinions offered by the contributors represent their viewpoints.  Conclusions drawn by the participant should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information. Prescription information and use of medical devices should be undertaken only after confirmation by consulting the FDA-approved uses and information.

    While Geisinger makes every effort to have accurate information presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered.  The participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience, and diagnostic decision-making before applying any information whether provided here or by others, for any professional use.

    Terms of Approval

    January 29, 2024 - January 29, 2027

    Original release date

    January 29, 2024

    Peer Review

    On January 29, 2024, this continuing education online material was reviewed by Lisa Schroeder, MD Rheumatologist, Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Core Faculty, Healthcare Communications Program. To ensure the scientific relevance of this enduring material, its contents will be reviewed again in January 2027.


    Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing education activities sponsored by the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine must disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

    If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial or promotional bias, please inform us by using the commercial bias comments box on the evaluation form.  Please answer the questions about balance on the CE activity evaluation form candidly.

    The following individual(s) have reported no financial or other relationships with commercial entities who products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

    Lisa Schroeder, MD, Amanda Caleb, PhD, MPH, Nicole Woll, PhD, MEd, Rob Cooney, MD, MSMedEd. Karen Tillotson, PA-C, Rebecca Stoudt, DNP, PhD, CRNA, Daniel Longyhore, PharmD, Annie Seif, BS and Kristi Shirk, BA.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    • 1.00 ANCC
    • 1.00 Participation Credit


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