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Professional Boundaries | 36 CME  

Live Online Course

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Course Description

This Professional Boundaries course has been approved by the Medical Board of California and is designed for professionals, including physicians, attorneys, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who want to improve their understanding of the social, institutional, professional, and legal standards for professional behavior in the workplace. This course will look at the federal and state laws that apply to professional boundaries and examine the consequences of violating these laws. The course will also discuss the societal challenges and vulnerabilities facing physicians and help practitioners develop a plan of action to behave professionally even in the presence of professional challenges and individual vulnerabilities.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  • Articulate the professional standards of practice and codes of ethics that apply to professional medical behavior

  • Recognize the professional, institutional, and societal challenges facing physicians

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Course Fee

Doctors, Attorneys: $1,950

NPs, PAs, CRNAs, Nurses: $1,643

Interns, Residents: $1,095

Medical Students: $99

  • Identify federal and state laws that apply to professional medical conduct

  • Distinguish between boundary crossings and boundary violations

  • Identify conflicts of interest to avoid them

  • Assess the role of social media in conflicts of interest and boundary violations

  • Evaluate physician risk factors and vulnerabilities 

  • Understand the role of sexuality in professional behavior

  • Integrate the professional duties and responsibilities of physicians into practice

  • Develop a plan to reduce and eliminate risk factors and vulnerabilities for boundary violations

  • Employ best behavioral practices for physicians


Needs Assessment

Medical practitioners must navigate the interpersonal dynamics of treating patients, working cooperatively with colleagues, leading teams that involve people from a wide range of cultural and educational backgrounds, and conform to institutional norms. On top of that, the long hours of work combined with the stresses of treating illness can become a burden to medical practitioners. The ever increasing amount of documentation and the constant need to be accountable to others can lead to stress and burnout. In an effort to address all of the demands placed on them, practitioners may relax and unwind in ways that, in the long run, are unhealthy and may lead to disciplinary action. This course seeks to identify the stressors practitioners must deal with; how practitioners may develop negative habits in response to these stressors; ways practitioners can identify their own vulnerabilities; and, finally, help practitioners develop best practices for thriving despite risk factors and vulnerabilities.


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Ethics & Legal Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statement


The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 36 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Dr. Richard Kelly (see Faculty Bio) >>>

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January 15-17, 2022

May 28-30, 2022

September 3-5, 2022

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