Physicians can be in a difficult position when faced with treating one's friends, family, colleagues, or even oneself. Ethical challenges include concerns about professional objectivity, patient autonomy, and informed consent. As part of the Boundaries for Physicians series, this Code of Medical Ethics module describes why these types of relationships are problematic and should generally be avoided, while recognizing the limited circumstances when it is permissible to provide care.
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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.
Political Matters, Contributions, Gifts, and Social Media
Treating Colleagues, Family, and Self
Sexual and Romantic Boundary Violations
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AMA CME Accreditation 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
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.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:
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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