Physician Wellness and Professional Conduct: The Code of Medical Ethics
This e-learning module incorporates animation, infographics, and scenario-based learning to help physicians identify and understand their ethical obligations to maintain their own wellness, help fellow colleagues in need who may be impaired, and promote a profession that places patient well-being and safety foremost. Data on physician impairment suggests approximately 15% of physicians will be impaired by psychiatric illness, alcoholism, or drug dependency at some point in their careers. One large study showed that one-third of physicians with direct personal knowledge of an impaired or incompetent colleague chose not to report that colleague. This data suggests that issues of physician impairment, incompetence, and reporting remains a significant challenge for physicians in practice, despite existing and longstanding ethics guidance on the matter. As members of a self-regulating profession, this topic is of particular importance with a real impact on both physicians and patients. The topics covered in this module explore behaviors which fall short of meeting the ethical and professional obligation to practice medicine in a manner that supports the highest quality of patient care including: practicing medicine while physically or mentally impaired; practicing medicine incompetently; engaging in unethical or illegal behavior; and engaging in disruptive behavior. The module also discusses why physicians have an ethical obligation to address situations in which a colleague is not practicing safely or is engaging in unprofessional behavior. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335.
Type: Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians