Boundaries for Physicians: The Code of Medical Ethics
This e-learning module incorporates animation, infographics, and scenario-based learning to help physicians identify and understand how to maintain proper boundaries with their patients and to articulate and understand the underlying 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 ethics guidance on the matter. This CME will highlight key areas where establishing professional boundaries may be particularly challenging. Topics include identification and practices for maintaining professional boundaries with regards to sexual and romantic involvement with patients, former patients, key third parties, and medical trainees; identification and practices for maintaining professional boundaries with regards to treating family, self and colleagues; and identification and practices for maintaining professional boundaries with patients in the areas of political communications, receiving gifts, soliciting contributions, and social media. 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 Danielle Chaet at danielle.chaet@ama-assn.org.
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Boundaries for Physicians: The Code of Medical Ethics (formerly New Edition Understanding the Code of Medical Ethics: Boundaries for Physicians)
Release Date:
 April 6, 2017
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

Federation Staff Access

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

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, the physician will be able to:
  1. Explain why physicians are ethically required to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
  2. Explain why physicians are ethically required to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in the workplace and when treating peers, family and self.
  3. Identify situations in which physicians may breach professional boundaries.
  4. Identify guidance to help physicians avoid boundary violations.

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
Elliott Crigger, PhD – Director Ethics Policy/AMA
Danielle Chaet, 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 only 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 8 out of 10 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.

Hardware/Software Requirements to view these webcasts are
Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)
Mac: Safari 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version)
Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 4.1 and later

Should you have questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Danielle Chaet at danielle.chaet@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)
FREE
Member Price
$20.00
Non-Member Price
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Credits
1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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