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Understanding the Code of Medical Ethics: Boundaries for Physicians
This CME activity is designed to help physicians identify and maintain proper boundaries with their patients and to articulate and understand the underlying importance of those boundaries to the practice of medicine. It is also designed to help physicians identify and maintain professional boundaries with other physicians, colleagues, and family, as well as to articulate and understand the importance of those boundaries to the practice of medicine. Data on physician self-reported behavior and physician disciplinary actions, including the AMA's own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs' disciplinary function, suggests that maintaining professional boundaries remains a significant challenge for physicians in practice, despite existing and longstanding ethical guidance on the matter. This CME will identify key areas where establishing boundaries with patients may be particularly challenging, including: sexual conduct with patients or patient's intimate associates, sharing of personal information with patients, receiving gifts from patients, and participating in online interactions with patients. This CME will also identify key areas outside the patient-physician relationship - self-treatment or treatment of family members, treating of medical peers, harassment or exploitation of trainees - where maintaining professional boundaries is essential. Finally, this module will provide detailed guidance from relevant AMA Code of Medical Ethics opinions to help physicians avoid boundary violations in the future. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Bette Crigger 1-312-464-5223.

Understanding the Code of Medical Ethics: Boundaries for Physicians
Release Date: October 17, 2013
Expiration Date: October 17, 2014

Federation Staff Access
Please contact Terri Marchiori at terri.marchiori@ama-assn.org to obtain your discount code before registering. 

Learning Objectives

    1. Explain the relevant Principles and Opinions of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics.  
    2. Describe why maintaining appropriate professional boundaries between physicians and patients or third parties is ethically required.
    3. Describe why maintaining appropriate professional boundaries between physicians, family members, peers and trainees is ethically required.
    4. Identify situations in which physicians can breach professional boundaries.
    Target Audience
    This activity is designed for all physicians, medical students, residents and fellows. It is also appropriate for any physician who plays a role in licensing.  

    Statement of Need
    There is a need to raise awareness of current ethical guidelines on physician-patient boundaries and physician professional conduct with family, peers, and trainees, to explain the importance of these guidelines and to provide guidance for how physicians can maintain appropriate boundaries in practice. In particular, this needs to occur preemptively and not only after a physician as violated a boundary. 

    Statement of Competency
    This activity is designed to address the ABMS/ACGME competency professionalism.

    CME Activity Planning Committee
    Faith Lagay, PhD – AMA CME Program Committee
    Bette Crigger, PhD – Director Ethics Policy/AMA
    Danielle Hahn, MSB – Research Associate/AMA
    Todd Ferguson, PhD – Research Associate/AMA

    Accreditation Statement
    The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education credit for physicians.

    Designation Statement
    The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim on the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Receiving Your CME Credit
    To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must: 1) view the webinar in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz answering 2 out of 3 questions correctly, and 3) complete the evaluation.

    Disclosure
    The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.

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    Should you have questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Bette Crigger at bette.crigger@ama-assn.org or 312-464-5223.

    Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335.

     


    Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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    Member Price
    $20.00
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    Credits
    1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

    0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians