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The Annual Thomas E. Allen, M.D. Ethics Lecture

November 6, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Mandate or Not to Mandate: The Ethics of Vaccinations

A panel discussion on the Ethics to Mandate or Not to Mandate Public Health Vaccinations

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8:30 AM – Lecture



Benjamin Stallings, M.D.

Chair, MedChi Ethics & Judicial Affairs Committee


Carol Ritter, M.D.


Staff Gynecologist, GBMC, St. Joseph’s, Sinai Associate Staff Gynecologist at Johns Hopkins and Union Memorial Hospitals Board Chair, Baltimore County Medical Association

Amesh Adalja, MD, FIDSA

Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health

Peter Doshi, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Senior Editor, The BMJ

Aditi Bhargava, PhD

Professor, Director of Laboratory Research, Department of Ob/Gyn Center for Reproductive Sciences



This event will be held prior to the MedChi Fall House of Delegates.

Please register at   If you would like to submit questions for the panel prior to the event, please send them to




  • Understanding physicians’ ethical obligations to control the narrative.
  • Lessons learned on the critical need to include healthcare community and government, both in the planning and implementing phases, for effective immunization outreach and trust-building.
  • Commitments to prioritize safeguarding routine immunization, especially during times of disruptions as caused by pandemics
  • Understanding what are physicians’ ethical responsibility to report unsafe conditions?
  • Determine which new resources will provide the needed support during public health crises and beyond.
  • The need to focus on equity and identifying and reaching zero-dose children to ensure no one is left behind.
  • The need to focus on missed communities in immunization efforts, including migrants and refugees.


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CME Information

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and The Center for a Healthy Maryland. MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: MedChi designates this live web-based educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



November 6, 2021
8:30 am - 9:30 am


via Zoom