Patient dating a physician
It may also involve nonpatients such as office staff, co-workers or patients' relatives.
The inappropriate behavior may include, among other things, making sexually suggestive comments, using the physician-patient relationship to solicit a date, broaching sexual matters when sexual function is not relevant, examining a patient's breasts, genitals or any other body part when the contact is not medically appropriate, providing drugs in exchange for sexual favors or engaging in sexual intercourse with a patient.
The American Psychiatric Association considers sexual behavior by a psychiatrist with a former patient unethical.
The Office of Professional Medical Conduct is required to investigate all complaints. Physicians have a legal and ethical obligation to report instances of sexual misconduct by other physicians.
The Board is also committed to promoting education of the public regarding physician sexual misconduct and the procedures for reporting such misconduct.
A 44-year-old woman who was new to my clinic presented for a routine annual checkup with breast and pelvic examinations.
The Board is convinced that education is an effective way to prevent physician sexual misconduct.
Sexual behavior with a former patient is inappropriate when the sexual involvement results from or appears to result from the use or exploitation of the trust, knowledge or power obtained from the professional relationship.
One month later the patient returned and stated, “I just had to see you again.” During the office visit, she made little eye contact with me.
Physician sexual misconduct is behavior that exploits the physician-patient relationship in a sexual way.
It includes verbal or physical behavior with a patient whether it occurs in a medical setting or otherwise.
As usual, I performed the examination with my female medical assistant present.The patient requested a prescription for an oral contraceptive and was offered testing, including blood work and mammography.