Dating your physician

So to help, here is a list of a few things you should know when dating a doctor.

Time is not on our side – The time table of a resident is dictated by their program.

In fact, the nicest thing someone ever did for me was send me lunch at the hospital that fit in my lab coat.

Falling asleep is not insulting – Do not take personally your resident’s inability to stay awake.

Why then does the AMA absolutely prohibit sexual relationships with consenting adult patients?

So in case we attack the burrito at dinner, please forgive us.

In addition, the extent of the physician's general knowledge about the patient (i.e., the patient's past, the patient's family situation, and the patient's current emotional state) is also a factor that may render a sexual or romantic relationship with a former patient unethical.

Is the idea that the more intimate the former patient-physician relationship, the less ethical a subsequent sexual relationship? Some commentators have suggested that the way to deal with sexual relationships with former patients is to impose a minimum waiting period following the termination of the patient-physician relationship.

For example, the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld maximum age limits for police officers against the challenge that they violate the Constitution by depriving the officers of the ability to show that they in fact are physically capable of doing the job past the age cut-off.

Or perhaps the AMA feels that there simply are no circumstances in which a patient could give valid consent.

Sexual relationships with patients are problematic, not only because they may be unethical and may compromise patient care, but because they may lead to civil actions for damages, criminal actions, and disciplinary proceedings by state medical boards. Consent is not a defense to a charge of statutory rape or sexual imposition on a minor. The American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs states categorically that "[s]exual contact that occurs concurrent with the physician-patient relationship constitutes sexual misconduct" (Opinion 8.14).

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