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.
Type: Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians