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Treating Colleagues, Family, and Self

Learning Objectives
1. Explain the limits, guidelines and expectations when treating colleagues
2. Explain the limits, guidelines and expectations when treating family
3. Explain the limits, guidelines and expectations when treating self
0.25 Credit CME

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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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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