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Sexual and Romantic Boundary Violations

Learning Objectives
1. Explain why it is required to maintain sexual and romantic boundaries
2. Identify situations in which physicians might breach boundaries
3. State how physicians can avoid sexual and romantic boundary violations
0.25 Credit CME

This Code of Medical Ethics module explores why romantic and sexual interactions between physicians and patients or key third parties undermine trust in the patient physician relationship. As part of the Boundaries for Physicians series, this module further explores why relationships between trainees and supervisors are problematic. Case studies are used to demonstrate how to navigate this range of challenging scenarios.

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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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This course is one component of AMA's 3-part training on professional boundaries. Learners are expected to complete all three components.

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