Medical Ethics, Boundaries & Professionalism


Feb 14-15
Medical Ethics, Boundaries and Professionalism

Sept 19-20
Medical Ethics, Boundaries and Professionalism

Who Should Attend?

The Intensive Course in Medical Ethics, Boundaries and Professionalism is designed for physicians in all specialties, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and dentists who wish or need to pursue focused study in areas of applied ethics, including boundary maintenance, and practice management.

Statement of Need

The Doctor-Patient Relationship is a specially privileged relationship in our society. As a result, physicians are afforded access to information and confidences by patients that are not available to anyone else. Along with this privilege comes a series of professional responsibilities for physicians. More is expected of physicians than from most other professionals in our society.

The practice of medicine is governed by several important ethical precepts, including: confidentiality, beneficence, respect for patient autonomy, truth telling and the highest degree of professionalism. Physicians work within the guidelines of these principles. Yet medical practice can also be challenged by these principles, particularly when two or more of them are in conflict. This expertly taught intensive course – liberally employing case presentations – focuses on applied ethics, from boundary issues to billing practices.

Learning Objectives

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the meaning and importance of medical professionalism
  • Discuss how conflict of interest may compromise professionalism
  • Identify three significant boundary issues and proper limits in relation to each
  • Discuss the few exceptions to the principle of confidentiality
  • Describe two important ethical issues with respect to operating a practice
  • List three elements that help to distinguish between “Usual and Customary” and “Health Care Fraud”
  • Describe errors practitioners frequently commit with regard to informed consent
  • Explain how autonomy and beneficence can easily come in conflict
  • Describe two issues of particular concern when prescribing controlled substances
  • Explain how patients behave in two or three typical drug scams and outline appropriate provider countermeasures


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Register

Four Ways:

  1. Register online by selecting from our calendar of scheduled conferences.
  2. Mail the 2019 Ethics form with a check payable to Case Western Reserve University or complete the credit card information and send to:
    Continuing Medical Education Program 
    10524 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44106-6026
  3. Fax the 2019 Ethics form with your credit card number to 216.844.8133 or 216.201.6749
  4. Phone 216.983.1239 or 800.274.8263 with the information requested on the form and your credit card number.

Location + Accommodations

The course will be held at the George S. Dively Conference Center, 11240 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland, Ohio

Recommended Hotel Accommodations - Dively

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