Overlapping professional-personal relationships can create ethical challenges for physicians; ethical dilemmas arise when the professional relationship is disrupted by words or actions of a patient or the physician. Healthy patient-physician boundaries are essential to medical practice. This course will provide concrete suggestions on maintaining appropriate professional boundaries and professionalism.
Learning Objectives Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
Define unethical behaviors in medicine, and evaluate vulnerabilities of patients and physicians to boundary violations and unethical conduct;
Recognize how boundary problems occur in a range of settings including urban, rural, and digital communications;
List legal, ethical, and personal consequences to the patient and physician when a physician crosses a boundary;
Apply practice policies that address ethical boundaries within the profession; and
Identify resources for physicians who are at risk of boundary problems or who have crossed boundaries.
ACGME/ABMS Competencies This program addresses the following desirable attributes: Professionalism, Patient care, Interprofessional practice, Practice-based learning and improvement, and Interpersonal communication skills.
Target Audience This program is developed for physicians, residents, and students of medical professionals in all specialties.
Released: June 30, 2020 Revised: May 1, 2020 Expires:June 30, 2023
Return Policy No refunds or exchanges will be processed for this program.
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Enduring) The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Texas Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
On select courses, the Texas Medical Association requires physician to complete 70-percent of the test questions correctly to receive credit for this course.