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Responsibilities to Impaired Physicians: Physician Wellness and Professional Conduct

Learning Objectives
1. Define conditions that can impair physicians' health and ability to fulfill professional responsibilities
2. Explain how physician impairment may have a negative impact on patients
3. Describe physicians' responsibilities to themselves and their colleagues to ensure that care is safely provided
4. Understand the systems in place which can help an impaired physician
0.25 Credit CME

Physicians have a responsibility to take action to avoid harm in cases of impairment, whether it be their own or a colleague's. As part of the Physician Wellness and Professional Conduct series, this Code of Medical Ethics module describes types of impairment, as well as the implications and responsibilities physicians have to themselves and other physicians in maintaining a safe environment. Learn to identify impairment in physicians, the negative impact on patient care, and the systems in place that can help impaired physicians.

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Education from the AMA Code of Medical Ethics is a series of interactive modules that provide training to assist physicians and healthcare professionals in thinking about the foundational values of conduct defining their honorable behavior. Learn more

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.25 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.25 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.25 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

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Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content report no relevant financial relationships.

ABMS MOC Statement: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Activities, this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity. Please review the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory to see what ABMS Member Boards have accepted this activity.

Credit renewal date: December 15, 2015; December 31, 2017

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