Are Complementary/Alternative Medicine All Costly Placebo Effects? (9/9/2020)

Date: September 9, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET

Credits: 1.0 (CME); 1.0 (CMD clinical); 1.0 (MOC)


Various complementary/alternative medicine practices are utilized by the public and are promoted by many different health practitioners. The “placebo effect” refers to feeling better from any form of treatment. Besides costs, what are other downsides to various complementary/alternative products and practices? This session will discuss the placebo effect, critical thinking, scientific methods in medicine, various risks and downsides of various alternative/complementary practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the value and characteristics of various placebo effects.
  • Identify various aspects of critical thinking and science as applied to medicine.
  • Understand various potential risks and downsides of various alternative/complementary practices.
  • Choose various actions to take or not take to address various alternative/complementary practices.

 Speaker: Mitsuo Tomita, MD

 Mitsuo Tomita, MD, is an assistant clinical professor on the voluntary faculty of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. 

Credit Statements:

CME: AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians. The Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 CMD: This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 1.0 clinical hour toward certification or recertification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC): Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 medical knowledge MOC point and patient safety credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Disclosure Information: 

Speakers are required to provide verbal disclosure prior to each talk. If the learner perceives any bias toward a commercial product or service, please report this to the Society’s staff. According to the Society and ACCME policy, all those in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships.

The following AMDA Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: John Loome – Genesis HealthCare: Full-Time Employee; Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD – UHG-Optum: Full-Time Employee; all others have no financial relationships to disclose.

Online Education Subcommittees have no financial relationships to disclose.

The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.

AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.