Question of the Week # 31

Q31) Lisa was one of your patients 2 years ago. While Lisa was in NJ she has been your regular patient for her depression. She trusts and respects you a lot. She even told you earlier that she would be very lucky if she could date a person like you at least once in her lifetime. She is a beautiful 25 year old whom any man would like at a first sight. You have lost contact with Lisa and she has not been your patient for past 2 years because she moved to Florida. She happens to meet you incidentally at a mall and requests that you go for a date with her the following weekend. Your response should be:

A) Tell her that since she no longer your patient you can get involved with her.
B) Refuse her proposal because its not ethical for you to do it
C) Tell her you could go for a dinner this weekend but you will not get sexually involved as that part is unethical
D) Tell her its not appropriate for her to make such advances towards her past physician
E) Tell her you would definitely get involved with her provided she signs a paper releasing you from any liability

Copy Rights: USMLEGalaxy ( excerpted from Archer Ethics Lectures)

16 Responses

  1. b

  2. b

  3. B) Refuse her proposal because its not ethical for you to do it

  4. B

  5. b

  6. b

  7. B

  8. bbb

  9. b

  10. a because she is not his patient any more

  11. its a ..

  12. Correct answer is B

    Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association (AMA) expressly prohibits “sexual contact with patients that occurs concurrent with the physician-patient relationship.”23 Similarly, the American College of Physicians forbids sexual relationships with patients and former patients, arguing that “[t]he intense trust often established between physician and patient may amplify the patient’s vulnerability in a subsequent sexual relationship.”15 Often, the standards set by professional organizations carry sanctions for professionals who violate acceptable behavior. Thus, for example, the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs has authority to “censure, suspend or expel an active constituent member from the American Medical Association for an infraction of the Constitution or these Bylaws, for a violation of the Principles of Medical Ethics, or for unethical or illegal conduct

  13. …and the official answer from Dr. Red is…?

  14. looks like all the male doctors get the hot ladies LOL ( just a littel humor)

  15. A- interestingly! – http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/774295

    Whereas the American Medical Association (AMA) clearly states that sexual contact that is concurrent with the doctor/patient relationship constitutes sexual misconduct, it takes a fuzzier position on relationships that might develop later. The AMA notes that the prior doctor/patient relationship may unduly influence the patient and that such a relationship is unethical if the doctor “uses or exploits trust, knowledge, emotions or influence derived from the previous professional relationship.

    • its still B former patient and treatment for depression and she develops a strong trust towards the doctor, so that could be potentially exploited with subsequent relationship, and make her vulnerable even if she is not your patient anymore. its unethical

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