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Duties to Report Unprofessional Conduct: Physician Wellness and Professional Conduct

Learning Objectives
1. Discuss different kinds of unprofessional physician conduct including incompetence, disruptive behavior, and unethical behavior
2. Explain the negative impact that these types of unprofessional conduct may have on patients
3. Describe what to keep in mind while intervening or reporting an instance of unprofessional conduct
0.25 Credit CME

Physician incompetence, unethical behavior, and disruptive behavior each pose a legitimate threat to patients and undermine the public's confidence in the profession. Learn how to identify and address these issues and proper reporting principles in this Code of Medical Ethics module, part of the Physician Wellness and Professional Misconduct series.

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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;

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

0.25 CME points in the American Board of Surgery’s (ABS) 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.

Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

If applicable, all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Credit Renewal Dates: December 31, 2020, December 31, 2021

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