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PE-22 and ME-22 Ethics Courses

Medical Ethics and Professionalism - Physician Edition
An Ethics Protection Course

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ME-22 Ethics Course

Dates Location
November 06-07, 2015
Irvine - UC Irvine School of Medicine Campus - List of hotels that offer a UCI discount rate - Medical Education Building, 836 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92697 Course is full.
January 08-09, 2016
Irvine - UC Irvine School of Medicine Campus - List of hotels that offer a UCI discount rate - Medical Education Building, 836 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92697
February 06-07, 2016
March 11-12, 2016
Irvine - UC Irvine School of Medicine Campus - List of hotels that offer a UCI discount rate - Medical Education Building, 836 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92697
April 30, 2016  to  May 01, 2016
Irvine - UC Irvine School of Medicine Campus - List of hotels that offer a UCI discount rate - Medical Education Building, 836 Health Sciences Rd, Irvine, CA 92697


ME-22C Medical Ethics Course plus Follow-up: $1875.00


ME22 Course Agenda

Distinguished Faculty

Each course is taught by leaders in their fields of medicine including psychiatrists, physician experts in physician health and impairment, and attorneys familiar with medical practice and administrative laws.

The faculty for this course are selected by PBI and approved by the University of California Irvine School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Course Description

An intensive 22-hour CME based training for physical therapists and other health professionals. Approved by the California Medical Board and acceptable to most other boards. We start with the premise that everyone has a "violation potential." During this course you will explore your own risk factors, vulnerabilities, accountability and resistance to face your violation potential. Only in this way can you better protect yourself and others. You will develop a personal ethics protection plan.

Methods of Instruction
  • Pre-course – workbook written by authors involves study, writing, testing, and telephone interview.
  • On-site course – group discussion, lecture, workshop, role play, video, post-test
  • Follow-up – conducted at 6 and 12 months post-course
Course Content

Background assessment: Pre-course includes a 1-3 page write-up of details of ethical violation in question and telephone interview with instructor. Attendees will submit to the course director, copies of the board complaint and consent agreement. Course includes in-person description of ethical violation in question.

Baseline Assessment: Pre-course includes PBI’s Ethics Self-Assessment Tool, an assignment to review and write-up relevant California laws, AMA and specialty ethical codes violated regarding ethical violation in question.

Course: relevant laws and codes will again be reviewed in live workshop setting with peers and course instructors

Participant Expectations and Introduction: Course will begin with group process with participants relating their reason for participation and expectations.

Didactic: Course includes presentations by 4 or more experienced instructors drawn from a rotational faculty consisting of three physicians (two psychiatrists and the physician director of physician health program and addiction medicine specialist), two psychologists, three attorneys, and the executive director of PBI. Topics identified in background assessments will be thoroughly addressed.

Experiential Exercises: Course will be interspersed with didactic presentations, group discussions, role-playing and practice, and individual writing.

Development of Personal Violation Prevention Plan: Each participant will leave the course with their own violation prevention plan.

Longitudinal: Participants needing regular support will have the opportunity to participate in weekly group therapy/discussion/support via conference call. All participants will be required to participate in live follow-up at 6 months and 1 year to review progress and to review their violation prevention plan and revise it as needed.

Program Completion

A certificate of completion will be issued and an AMA Category I CME certificate for 22 hours will also be provided. If the participant fails to complete the program the referring agency will be notified that the participant did not successfully complete the program. Participants who fail to actively participate or who exhibit behaviors demonstrating persistent lack of insight, projection of blame, or inappropriate behavior or comments will be failed and reported to the referring agency. This notification will be made within 10 days in writing with supporting documents.

Course Schedule & Outline

Pre-course: See the workbook: Medical Ethics and Professionalism: An Ethics Protection Course Readings - 3.75 hours, Assignments - 3.75 hours, Telephone Discussion - .50 hours
Total = 8.00 hours

Course, Day 1:
8:15- 9:00 Orientation and fundamentals of ethics, morality, and laws
9:00-10:15 Sharing by each attendee regarding why they are in the course and what their expectation and goals are for the course. Feedback by group
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Sex, Drugs, Power and Disciplinary Actions
11:15-12:00 Codependence – power and responsibility
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00 Counterdependence – risk taking and denial
2:00-3:00 Small group discussion regarding causes of ethics violations
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:45 Medical practice act, laws, and resources

Course, Day 2:
8:15- 9:00 Violation potential and the ethics formula
9:00-10:15 Risk factors
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Vulnerabilities
11:15-12:00 Resistance
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00 Developing your own Ethics Violation Protection Plan
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:45 Role playing regarding Protection Plans

Follow-up Evaluation and Review - conducted at 6 and 12 months post course:
(Only required for California physicians at this time, optional for others)
The 6 and 12 month evaluation and review will be emailed to you. Please notify us of any changes to your email address and other contact information.

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Course Objectives

Upon completion participants should be able to:

  1. Comply with standards of practice, codes of ethics, and state statutes.
  2. Improve clinical decision making by minimizing negative influencers.
  3. Adhere to professional ethics with resultant improvements in physician-patient interaction, which can improve clinical outcomes.
  4. Reduce their potential of transgressions through the development of systems that can be implemented into clinical practice.
  5. Become aware of the early warning signs indicative of ethical dilemmas and boundary problems.
  6. Create and implement a tiered Protection Plan to maintain appropriate boundaries.
CME Information

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 provided by the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Professional Boundaries, Inc. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates these live activities each for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the University of California CME Consortium to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Full disclosure of conflicts and conflict resolutions will be made prior to the activity in writing via handout materials, insert, or syllabus.

California Assembly Bill 1195

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and definitions of cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CME website at