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. Should you have questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Danielle Chaet at Danielle.chaet@ama-assn.org.
View Activity Information
Physician Wellness and Professional Conduct: The Code of Medical Ethics (Formerly, New Edition: Understanding the Code of Medical Ethics: Physician Wellness and Professional Conduct)
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

Learning Objectives
At the end of this activity, the physician should be able to: 
  1. Explain why certain types of personal conduct are ethically problematic.
  2. Explain why physicians have an ethical obligation to address situations in which a colleague is not practicing safely or is engaging in unprofessional behavior. 
  3. Explain how impairment differs from incompetence, and how physicians can address impairment in themselves as well as others.

Target Audience
This activity is designed for all physicians, medical students, residents and fellows who are non-members and members of the AMA. 

Statement of Need
There is a need to raise awareness of physicians' professional and ethical responsibilities to maintain their health and wellness in a way that makes them fit to practice medicine. This also includes raising physicians' awareness of their responsibility to help impaired colleagues get necessary help and, where needed, to report and conduct which might endanger the safety and well-being of patients. 

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 Hahn Chaet, MSB – Research Associate/AMA

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ccreditation 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 .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 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 materials, 2) successfully complete the quiz answering 10 out of 12 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.


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
56 Registered Users
Credits
0.75 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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