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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.
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