Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course

Physician Edition


The PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course (ME-15 Live) elevates practitioner ethics and safeguards the public.

PBI ethics protection courses are a valuable resource for regulatory boards, professional associations and training institutions. We focus on providing a comprehensive educational system that prepares professionals to return to practice.

As part of our philosophy of education and growth, our courses follow a process for examining the core etiologies of violations to draw out important insight and enact meaningful change. We help establish protection strategies for the ethical practice of medicine - and it works. Our goal is to provide an effective program that helps assure consumers and the community that safe and ethical professionals are allowed to practice.

Who Should Attend This Course?

At the request of regulatory boards, this course was developed to fulfill the remedial education requirements for professionals who have been investigated and/or disciplined for ethical violations. Others may benefit from participation as a measure of preventive education. This course is not a replacement for standard bioethics courses or general ethics courses in medical school or other health care professions.

For some, this course is a mandated requirement for continuing to practice or to have the option of returning to practice following a suspension or other disciplinary action. Course participants may have breached an ethical code or violated their state’s rules or laws, or may have found themselves in a situation in which their actions or lack of actions were perceived by those in authority to constitute a violation or possible violation. In any case, the outcome has been, in part or in whole, to participate in an ethics course.

Comparison and Equivalent Breakdown to Other CME Courses

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Professional Boundaries Case Western ProBE WILM IMQ
ME-15 Medical Ethics and Professionalism (15 CME Credits)
$1295.00 Doctorate, $975 Non-Doctorate

Availability Saturday Thurs - Fri
Location Atlanta, GA
Cleveland, OH


What Is This Course About?

This course is designed to address ethical violations including transgressions of codes of ethics, state administrative code and/or Medical Practice Acts. It is an excellent educational experience for reentry to practice.

Topics addressed in the ME-15 course include:

Violation of privileged communication or breach of confidentiality Fraudulent or misleading advertising or professional status
Fraudulent or deceptive services Attempting to obtain a medical license by fraud or misrepresentation
Using one’s name to cover the actions of another not licensed to practice Failure to disclose financial interest in a referral entity
Falsification of patient records or patient logs Misleading or deceptive communication with regulatory boards

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.

Are Boundary Violations Covered?

This course does not cover the specific issue of professional sexual misconduct, sexual impropriety or sexual violations which are more thoroughly addressed in other Professional Boundaries, Inc. courses. However, a violator in this area may gain some understanding and insight into the underlying dynamics that might have triggered this behavior.

What Makes This Program Effective?

The PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism course is a 15 CME credit course developed by experienced and talented faculty members from across the United States with experience and expertise in ethics violations, boundary issues, and treatment of impaired practitioners. The focus is in helping first-time ethics and boundary violators discover the underlying cause(s) that led to their transgression and to develop a plan of action that elevates accountability and minimizes the potential for recidivism. This course assists in returning to a safe and ethical professional practice.

Why Are There Multiple Educational Formats?

This course utilizes a combination of self-exploratory reading and written assignments, review of your state’s administrative laws pertaining to your specific violation and a series of discussions with faculty, peer-participants and graduates. This allows for learning through multiple facets and an opportunity to process and articulate areas of vulnerabilities so that meaningful and lasting corrective action can occur.


How Much Does This Course Cost?

$1295.00 ( 15 CE Credits)

PBI’s commitment to Quality, Accessibility, and Affordability

Course fees may be paid by credit card or financing may also be available through PayPal Credit. When choosing PayPal Credit, look for the financing offer from PayPal like this one: "No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more." If you have any questions regarding cost, please call us at 904-800-1237 or email us at [email protected].

When Is This Course Available?

Date Location
November 17-2018 Atlanta Courtyard Atlanta Airport West - 3400 Creek Pointe Dr., East Point, Georgia 30344 - Call (404) 344-4414 and ask for the PBI room block.
February 23-2019 Atlanta Courtyard Atlanta Airport West - 3400 Creek Pointe Dr., East Point, Georgia 30344 - Call (404) 344-4414 and ask for the PBI room block.
May 4-2019 Atlanta Courtyard Atlanta Airport West - 3400 Creek Pointe Dr., East Point, Georgia 30344 - Call (404) 344-4414 and ask for the PBI room block.
May 17-2019 Seattle - Hotel location and discount yet-to-be announced. Please call us at 904-800-1237 with any questions.
August 3-2019 Atlanta Courtyard Atlanta Airport West - 3400 Creek Pointe Dr., East Point, Georgia 30344 - Call (404) 344-4414 and ask for the PBI room block.

PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course

ME-15 Live Course

The course goal is to re-establish a firm ethical foundation, including the development of a Stratified Ethics Protection Plan, for professionals who have been investigated for ethical violations by state regulatory boards and/or professional associations.

With this class, you will learn to:

  • Gain an understanding of moral authority and ethical decision making.
  • Understand the relationship between ethical content and ethical process.
  • Review codes and laws relevant to their specific offense.
  • Communicate the harm done from ethical / legal violations.
  • Identify and define violation potentials for ethical issues utilizing the Ethics Formula.
  • Create an Ethics Protection Plan to maintain and safeguard professional ethics.
  • Learn to utilize peer group discussions for ethical dilemma resolution.


Why Should I Choose PBI?

PBI has a proven history of assisting licensed professionals to move past boundary issues with compassion and understanding.

Best Value For Your Money

We are the most cost-effective boundary program in the US as well as the most accessible: your class will start immedately upon registration. We provide weekend conferences so you have less down-time - many of our programs go from 8am Friday through 5pm Sunday to keep from interrupting your busy schedule.

Recognized For High Quality

We have been CME accredited since 2003 and we are the only program developed and presented by a consortium of experts from across the United States to protect professionals and their patients, clients, students, staffers, and/or congregants. PBI was selected by the Federation of State Medical Boards in 2006 to provide webinar training to State Medical Board members on the topic of sexual and non-sexual boundary transgressions by licensees.

Learn From Instructors Who Have Been There

We have a large and diverse faculty and we are the only course in the country with integrated teleconference follow-ups that maximize your value from the course. We are also the only US program taught by a physician in recovery for a boundary violation.

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 15 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