Massachusetts Medical Society: Legal Advisor- An Introduction to Advance Directives

Legal Advisor- An Introduction to Advance Directives

An Introduction to Advance Directives

This online cme course will help Physicians become more familiar with advance directives, and their responsibilities in ensuring that a patient's wishes are respected. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate different scenarios and the role and responsibilities of the healthcare provider for each situation. 

This content is based on a quarterly newsletter issued by the Massachusetts Medical Society and Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman & Guekguezian, LLP, as an information source for Legal Advisory Plan members.  Nothing herein should be construed as legal advice or legal opinions regarding specific situations.  Consult legal counsel for application of laws and regulations in any individual case before taking any action or making any decisions.

Learning Objectives

After reading this material, a participant will be familiar with:

  • Compare and contrast the different types of advance directives.
  • Describe the requirements of a health care proxy.
  • Restate the use of a MOLST form in treating an ill patient.
  • Review the responsibilities and obligations of a physician in relation to advance directives.


Matthew Mortensen,Content Contributor
Caroline Carregal, Director, MMS Continuing Education and Certification
Kathleen Bellisle, Manager of MMS Distance Learning

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $12.00
Non-MMS Member: $22.00
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60



Activity Term
Original Release Date: October 1, 2016  
Review Date: November 30, 2018 
Termination Date: October 1, 2019

CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™  

Accreditation Statement  
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study, including 1.00 credit in end-of-life care.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

 Activity Term

Original Release Date: October 31, 2016
Review Date: November 30, 2018   
Termination Date: October 31, 2019

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher  
Most modern browsers including:  
Firefox 18.0+  
Chrome 26+  
Safari 5+  
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 



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